AHI responds to an opinion piece on the Eastern Mediterranean
WASHINGTON, DC – The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) has responded to points raised in an August 8, 2022 opinion piece written by Nicholas Saidel and published by The Hill, a leading US political website for policymakers, politicians and election campaigns.
Although Saidel made several positive points in his article, such as “the United States should arbitrate the maritime dispute between Turkey and Greece-Cyprus”, including his assessment of the geostrategic importance of the Eastern Mediterranean and the lack Turkey’s reliability due to its cooperation with adversaries such as Russia, he incorrectly states that Greece’s militarization of the Aegean islands is “destabilizing”. Saidel also misinterprets the term “mediation” when he says the US should “mediate the Turkey-Greece-Cyprus dispute” and that the US should help broker a “maritime deal”.
In his letter to the editor, AHI President Nick Larigakis makes several points to clarify Saidel’s inaccuracies in his opinion piece. First, Larigakis states that Greece has every right under the UN charter and international law to defend its sovereign territory and must do so in the face of Turkey’s aspirations to impose Islamic fundamentalist and neo-Ottoman hegemony. on the region.
Furthermore, Larigakis devotes much of his letter to explaining how Saidel misinterprets the term “mediation”, stating that mediation only works if there is a bona fide dispute between the parties and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. , given its extremist positions, “will not respect the traditional mediation process.”
Greece’s sovereignty over the Aegean islands derives from and is governed by treaties and international law. Therefore, a compromise cannot exist on what is already settled. Furthermore, Larigakis states that the United States is not an impartial mediator as it will inherently pursue its own interests in the eastern Mediterranean.
Larigakis refutes Saidel’s suggestion that the United States should arbitrate the “maritime dispute” between Turkey and “Greece-Cyprus”.