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Root Causes of the Eastern Mediterranean Dispute: Approaches of the Main Actors

The Eastern Mediterranean region is said to host five percent of the world’s known natural gas reserves. That stimulates tension when coupled with the aspirations of some states to claim these resources and control their transport to the markets. The claims of Greece and the Greek Administration of Southern Cyprus (GASC), which has always acted as if it were the sole representative of the island, seem to be extreme, given the relevant the rules of international law. In order to achieve its aspirations over Libya, France has recently intervened in regional developments on the side of Greece. Turkey has declared that its continental shelf in the Eastern Mediterranean extends up to 28° E longitude and that the western boundary of the Turkish continental shelf to the west of this longitude shall be drawn through equitable agreements with all concerned states. Turkey has also taken certain preventive measures to protect its rights and interests by making particular references to the relevant rules of international law. The present commentary examines the real motivations behind the acts of all sides and reviews their justifications with reference to international law, with particular reference to Turkey’s actions

Root Causes of the Eastern Mediterranean Dispute Approaches of the
Oruç Reis, Turkey’s domestically built seismic research vessel, sets sail from the port of Antalya in Turkey, to conduct studies in the Eastern Mediterranean, on December 23, 2020. BEKİR BEKTAŞ / AA
 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

The world’s total natural gas reserves are said to be about 196 trillion cubic meters, five percent of which are located in the Eastern Mediterranean. Thus, it is safe to say that there are approximately 9.8 trillion cubic meters of natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimates that 3.6 trillion cubic meters of natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean are located in the Levant basin and 6.3 trillion in the Nile delta basin. Although these figures are smaller than the world’s total natural gas reserves, they are quite critical figures considering that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), the Greek Administration of Southern Cyprus (GASC), Greece and Israel have relatively small economies.

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