Presidential decree closing off bays in Ionian Sea has come into force

A presidential decree that closes off bays in the Ionian Sea and draws straight baselines on the coast and the Ionian islands up to Cape Tainaro in the Peloponnese has come into force after its publication in the Government Gazette, the foreign ministry announced.

In a press release on Sunday, the ministry said it was a necessary step in the process of extending Greece’s territorial waters to 12 miles in that region. The full announcement from the ministry is as follows:

“Through its publication in the Government Gazette, the Presidential Decree on the closing of bays and drawing of straight baselines in the maritime area of the Ionian and the Ionian islands up to Cape Tainaro in the Peloponnese entered into force today.

The Presidential Decree was issued pursuant to the law ratifying the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. It is a necessary step in the process for extending the country’s territorial waters in the above-mentioned area, an action which is, on the basis of the Convention, our country’s inalienable right.

The Presidential Decree highlights that Greece reserves the right – as deriving from the Convention on the Law of the Sea, which reflects international customary law – to exercise its respective rights in other areas of its territory.
Firmly committed to upholding International Law, including the Law of the Sea, Greece always acts in line with international legality.”