Greece and Egypt to jointly delineate maritime zones

Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos and his Egyptian counterpart Nabil Fahmy Thursday agreed to create a bilateral committee aimed at delineating the two countries’ maritime zones despite possible objections by “third countries” and pointed to the prospect of a three-way cooperation with Cyprus.

Speaking after talks with Venizelos in Cairo, Fahmy stressed that “each country has its own interests and it does not concern us if third countries are bothered by this,” apparently referring to Turkey, which has expressed its objections to the prospects of Greece unilaterally declaring an exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Venizelos was slightly more diplomatic in tone, saying the initiative would be undertaken for the benefit of both Greece and Egypt and “with no hostile disposition toward any other country.”

Experts from Greece, Egypt and Cyprus are to meet soon to seek common criteria for a three-way initiative, sources said.

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