Recall the dispute over the territorial affiliation of the two rocky islands of Imia (Kardak) in the Aegean Sea in 1996, led to a crisis in relations between Turkey and Greece. The conflict managed to end after the intervention of NATO and the United States and international public organizations.
A bill has been passed in the Greek Parliament to include the Aegean Sea region, where the Kardak Rocks are located, in the coverage area of the EU Natura 2000 program. We generally have no objections to the implementation of EU environmental programs, but Greece is trying to use them in its own interests, including in the context of the problems in the Aegean region ... Turkey’s attitude to Athens policy regarding the implementation of EU environmental programs, including the Natura 2000 program , was brought to the attention of the European Commission in detail in 1998 year,said the representative of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Hami Aksoy.
According to the diplomat, "there is no doubt that Cardak Islands belong to Turkey, and this issue is not negotiable."
Ankara again calls on Athens to show common sense and abandon attempts to turn EU programs into an instrument of political manipulation,concluded Aksoy.
In January, the Greek ships tried to enter the area of the Cardak Islands, but the Turkish Navy did not allow them to enter the area of disputed territories. At the same time, the Turkish military department stated that it would continue “to protect the interests of the country within the framework of international law”.