Istanbul, Turkey – Former Secretary General of the Ministry of National Defense Umit Yalim evaluated the latest developments in the Eastern Mediterranean. “Yes, we all support it wholeheartedly, Armenia should not invade Nagorno-Karabakh, but Greece has stood up on my territory for 16 years since 2004, Why do you not speak up about it, is this not the land of the motherland?” he asked.
Speaking at the symposium held at the Florya facilities of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Retired Colonel of the General Staff and former Secretary General of the Ministry of National Defense Umit Yalim, the AKP government’s 15 years in the continental shelf caused thousands of kilometers of land loss from Turkey, arguing that:
In 1986, during the Ozal government, a very comprehensive agreement was made in the Black Sea, the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the continental shelf, and currently there are no problems in the Black Sea. But during this period of political power, a continental shelf was built for 15 years, but 80 thousand kilometers were lost to Greece.
On February 17, 2003, an agreement was reached between the Greek Cypriot Administration and Egypt on the limitation of the EEZ, and this region falls within our continental shelf. 13 months later, he sent a note to the United Nations saying, ‘the agreement of Southern Cyprus and Egypt enters our continental shelf.’ Good morning! In 2007, the Greek Cypriot administration made a deal with Lebanon and in 2010, it made a deal with Israel. After 1 year, in 2011, ours signed a continental shelf agreement with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
When you make this continental shelf agreement, other countries in that region can’t drill and look for oil, but they can come and fish, and if we make an Exclusive Economic Zone Agreement, no one can even fish.
Currently, every country’s ship can come to this region as it pleases. Why? Because there is no Exclusive Economic Zone Agreement. We’re losing land, we’re losing space, we’re losing the Marine continental shelf.
Even a sea turtle can travel to and from Italy in 1 year, they have made a continental shelf every 15 years, they have infected their faces. About 80 thousand kilometers of the continental shelf went to Greece, isn’t this the Blue Homeland (Mavi Vatan) ?
Noting that there are Greek presidents on the islands on the borders of Izmir, Aydin and Mugla, Yalim called Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu ‘Qayyum’ and said: “during the AKP period, 17 islands in the Aegean Sea passed to Greece. There are Greek municipalities on these islands. 17 islands and a rock on the borders of Izmir, Aydin and Muğla now have only a Greek presence. Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, Istanbul Islands Mayor Erdem Gul , but this is not the case in Izmir, Aydin and Muğla. The mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality is a Turkish citizen, but the mayor of the islands is a Greek citizen, O Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu why can’t you appoint a trustee here, why don’t you dismiss them,” he said.
“Armenia has invaded Nagorno-Karabakh, and our Azerbaijani friends are successfully continuing the operation, supporting the government. Yes, we all support it wholeheartedly, let Armenia not invade Nagorno-Karabakh, but Greece has been on my land for 16 years since 2004, Why do you not speak up about it, is this not the land of the motherland? You are rightfully taking care of Azerbaijan, but you are here 18 islands lost Land 2 Rocky don’t look at it just as an island, there is a continental shelf around it, that is, there is oil and gas. They have built churches all over the land of the motherland with the sounds of bells moaning, there is no sound of Adhan. I thought they were Muslims. You build mosques everywhere, but why don’t you build mosques here? I respect all kinds of beliefs, but if you come out and talk through Islamic discourses, you will fulfill the need,” he said.