“I work 365 days a year” said Erdogan, wanting to pressure the regional governors to work at the same pace as him – Maps of the Blue Homeland reappeared on Turkish channels
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s working hours are a topic of discussion in Turkey, as SKAI correspondent Manolis Kostidis reports from Istanbul.
“Every day I come home at 12 or 1 or 2. I work 365 days a year,” Erdogan said at a swearing-in ceremony for regional governors, wanting to push them to do the same.
Erdogan said: “The governor can’t have hours, he doesn’t have day or night, he doesn’t have holidays or weekends. After all, there is no way there can be a manager who starts their day at 9 and closes their office door at 5 or 6. I expect you to work at a pace, to run 24/7, 365 days a year. I, as president, work like this. I sleep 5 or 6 hours. In the evening I come home sometimes at midnight, sometimes 1 or 2. That’s how I work.”
Reappearance of the “Blue Homeland” maps
The maps of the Blue Homeland made their reappearance in Turkey: “What we did with Libya in the eastern Mediterranean we must do in the Aegean. To declare a continental shelf in the Aegean”.
Erai Güçluer, an academic, a member of the ASAM research center, told CNN Turk: “This is Turkey’s continental shelf which it communicated to the UN on March 18, 2019 through Mr. Feridun Sinirlioglu and has thus defined its maritime borders. Turkey unilaterally defined its continental shelf. It complies with Maritime Law. We have not agreed with the other countries, but they have no objection either. Only Greece has objections and it has no coasts in the eastern Mediterranean. So from that day we declare it, we support it.
» The islands have no continental shelf. They only have territorial waters. Turkey has recognized territorial waters at 6 miles. Anything outside of 6 miles, within 200 miles, every point beyond that is Turkey’s Blue Home.
» As we did here with a move in the Eastern Mediterranean, so let us unilaterally declare our continental shelf in the Aegean. Because Greece will not sit down to discuss and accept our positions”.
Turkish analysts: “No” in The Hague
At the same time, Turkish analysts accuse Erdogan of retreating on the issue of the islands: “Erdogan was talking about islands under occupation and militarized islands. Now will he retreat?’
They express refusal to appeal to the international court and question the Greek sovereignty of the islands in the Aegean.
Cihan Yazti, Rear Admiral, Topkapi University professor said: “I don’t want to believe that we will sit at the negotiating table. We remember the speeches and statements of our president regarding the militarization of the islands and the islands that are under occupation. This was a clear position and I do not believe there can be any retreat from it. For me the International Court of Justice is a nightmare.
Were the previous ones that dumb and refused to take matters to the International Court of Justice? There was information to take all matters together. We cannot go to court if the issue of the islands, islets and islets that have not been transferred to Greece under the treaties is not resolved.”
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