Ankara, Turkey – Turkey claims jurisdiction over Blue Homeland in the Aegean and Mediterranean with the new search and rescue law.

Turkey claimed jurisdiction for search and rescue operations in almost half of the Aegean Sea.

The new Turkish law that defines the area of responsibility is legal as it covers areas of Turkish sovereignty and jurisdiction.

Turkey has expanded its search and rescue area of responsibility to cover the “Blue Homeland,” an irredentist doctrine which aspires to give Turkey control over the waters of the Eastern Aegean and the Northern Mediterranean.

The announcement by Adil Karaismailoğlu, the Turkish Minister of Transport and Infrastructure through twitter includes the map of the areas Turkey says it will assume responsibility.

International treaties have clearly defined that Turkey is responsible for such operations through the Turkish Main Search and Rescue Coordination Center located in Ankara. According to the legislation; the overall responsibility on general coordination of all search and rescue operations belongs to Main Search and Rescue Coordination Center under Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure. In this organization, Turkish Coast Guard Command is responsible for the SAR operations at sea.

Turkey coordinates all search and rescue operations in its area of ​​responsibility, providing services in this case to all those at risk, whether they are on ships or on and planes.

Turkish Foreign Affairs spokesman Aksoy’s reaction to Greece’s unfounded statements.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy reacted to Greece’s accusations of a search-and-rescue site in the Aegean. “Turkey is the only country with operational competence to respond to any incident that poses a danger to human life in the region,” Aksoy said.

Hami Aksoy, Turkey, Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea in search and rescue to the area of responsibility towards the expansion of the Greek Foreign Ministry’s statement, “Greece, the Aegean and the eastern Mediterranean areas of responsibility regarding overlapping of the riparian countries in two search and rescue search and rescue at sea 1979 Hamburg International in accordance with the provisions of the agreement, the coordination and cooperation continues to leave unanswered the aggressive calls of our country,” he responded.

“Search and rescue areas are service areas, not sovereignty,” Aksoy said, describing the Greek Foreign Ministry’s statement on Turkey’s expansion of the search and rescue area in the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea as “baseless.” In this regard, this claim of Greece, which does not cover its territorial waters, considers this area aimed at saving and protecting human life a violation of its sovereignty, is far from the law and humanitarian considerations,” he said.

“Our country’s search and rescue responsibility area has been expanded to ensure the safety of our activities on our continental shelf in the Eastern Mediterranean,” Aksoy said, noting that the arrangement was updated in accordance with today’s conditions in areas where Turkey already provides de facto search and Rescue Services.

Aksoy, Turkey’s search and rescue activities in the surrounding seas are not political, but humanitarian reasons, he said:

“Greece continues to leave our country’s persistent calls for cooperation and co-guidance unanswered in accordance with the provisions of the 1979 Hamburg International Maritime Search and Rescue Convention on overlapping search and rescue responsibility areas of the two coastal countries in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean. Furthermore, by claiming that the areas in question are an area of sovereignty, Greece has not seen any success in putting the security of human life in the background, and has demonstrated this attitude with the inhumane treatment it sees in irregular migrants who are in a difficult situation in the Aegean Sea.”

Source: Deniz ve Hava Araçları Kazalarında Arama Kurtarma Yönetmeliği (Karar Sayısı: 3095) | Search and Rescue Regulation in Naval and Air Vehicle Accidents (Decision Number: 3095)