The Crisis In The Middle East

Turkey’s Maritime Disputes


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Causacus region mapping

Mains level : Not Much

Turkish President Erdogan has asserted that his country will take whatever belongs to it in the Mediterranean, as well as Aegean and the Black Sea.

Try this PYQ:

Q.Turkey is located between

(a) The Black Sea and Caspian Sea

(b) The Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea

(c) Gulf of Suez and the Mediterranean Sea

(d) Gulf of Aqaba and the Dead Sea

Assertion over the Mediterranean

  • Greece and Turkey have been locked in a dispute over control of eastern Mediterranean waters.
  • They are at odds over the rights to potential hydrocarbon resources, based on conflicting claims over the extent of their continental shelves.
  • The Turkish navy will hold the shooting exercises in the eastern Mediterranean off the coast of Iskenderun, northeast of Cyprus.
  • Cyprus was divided in 1974 following a Turkish invasion triggered by a Greek-inspired coup.
  • Turkey recognizes the Turkish-populated north of Cyprus as a separate state, which is not recognised by other countries.

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