Paris, France – France’s eastern Mediterranean conflict, which has the same problem with Britain. France, which went to the International Court of Arbitration and won the case by arguing that the British-owned islands in the English Channel cannot be a continental shelf like the mainland, contradicts itself by supporting Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Greece, the spoiled child of Europe, is furious at Turkey’s legitimate activities in the Eastern Mediterranean. France, which backs Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean, reveals its own contradiction with the islands ‘ stance on the continental shelf.
That’s how France defended against the British islands off its coast!
France experienced a similar conflict between Turkey and Greece with Britain in the 1970s.
France had argued that the continental shelf of the English Channel Islands, close to itself, could not be more than 3 miles.
The English Channel Islands, with a population of about 170 thousand, consisting of Alderney, Jersey, Sark, Guernsey, Herm and Jethou Islands and some cliffs, have been under British control since 1066. The closest to Britain is 87 miles away, and the distance between the islands and France goes down to 8 miles in Alderney.
The problem with the continental shelf of the islands, which faced Britain and France because of the oil deposits in the region, could only be resolved in court.
Britain has argued in court that the size of the islands does not matter, just as Greece does today, and that the maritime border with France should be determined by taking this into account.
France, on the other hand, said that Britain’s request for an equal-distance border based on the islands would reduce the French Continental Shelf, and that this claim was completely disproportionate to the size of the islands and the length of their shores.
France claimed that an equal distance border would divide its continental shelf into 2 separate regions, and claimed that the borders of the English Channel Islands should be defined as 6 miles, 3 miles each of the continental shelf with land waters.
The court announced its decision on 30 June 1977, ruling largely in favour of France and ruling that the line between the two sides should be drawn from the middle of the English Channel from the mainland.
Delimiting the continental shelf of the English Channel Islands to 12 miles, the court concluded that thus the islands would not have a continental shelf greater than 12 miles, and France could also protect its continental shelf.
France contradicts itself
Despite this decision, France’s support for a spoiled Greece, which today claims to have a continental shelf disproportionate to the size of the island of Meis, 2 kilometers from Turkey and 582 kilometers from Greece, contradicts the theses it has defended against Britain for many years and have been largely accepted in the international court.