Διεθνείς και δικαιοδοτικοί μηχανισμοί για την επίλυση του ζητήματος της υφαλοκρηπίδας ανάμεσα στην Ελλάδα και Τουρκία
In the relations between Greece and Turkey, the main issues that concern the two countries are politically and economically related to Cyprus or the Aegean. The issue of the continental shelf has been highly concerning by the two states, especially after the fall of the Soviet Union and the establishment of the European Union. The causes of these differences arise from conflicting national interests of the two countries. Greece is determined to resolve these issues through the recognized principles of international law but is hampered by Turkey's refusal to cooperate within the framework of the parameters of international organizations such as the United Nations and the International Court of Justice. As far as a resolution is concerned, the most prevalent way seems to be the International Court or Arbitration. Moreover, Turkey's position is stronger regarding the Eastern Aegean islands, especially those near its shores. Some of the Western Aegean islands are very close to the mainland coast of Greece while in the eastern half they do not have the same geographical links with the Greek mainland. A possible compromise may be the acceptance of a 12 nautical mile seas from the coasts of Greece but not from its islands. Another may be to allow at least some of the islands of Greece in the western Aegean to create 12 nautical mile zones, while continuing to conclude that the eastern Greek islands must limit their territorial seas to 6 nautical miles.