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Greece presents demarche over Turkish navtex

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The Greek foreign ministry has presented a demarche over the new Turkish Navtex for research of the Turkish oceanographic vessel Cesme in the Aegean, foreign ministry spokesperson Alexandros Papaioannou said during a regular press briefing on Thursday.

Specifically, he said that a demarche has already been presented by the Greek Embassy in Ankara, and will be followed by a written note verbale.
He also pointed out that "the Navtex is unlawful as the Izmir station does not have jurisdiction to issue a Navtex for this area," and he characterised the Turkish move as "needless".

The Navtex issued by Turkey concerns a hydrographic research vessel that will sail within 7 miles of Greek islands in the north-central Aegean.