Greek Parliament approves the expansion of territorial waters

The Greek parliament passed a bill expanding the country's territorial waters from 6 miles to 12 miles in the Ionian Sea.

By a majority of 284 votes, Greek lawmakers approved legislation, Yesterday, to expand Greece's territorial waters along its western coast from six to 12 nautical miles, according to the Greek newspaper Kathimerini.

"For the first time since 1947, the national territory of our country will be expanded by about 10%, through measures that are entirely based on the rules of international law," Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a speech to Parliament.

"Expanding water to the west inevitably sends a message to the east, and this indicates that violence does not achieve justice, but on the contrary, it is this law that produces peace," he added, adding that the extension is a "clear message to those who try to deprive our country."



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