Cooperation between Turkey and Greece to develop wind energy can unite the two countries, President of the Hellenic Wind Energy Association said on Wednesday.
During the 6th Turkish Wind Energy Congress in Ankara, Ioannis Tsipouridis, in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, spoke on potential collaboration between Greece and Turkey in wind energy.
He advised that political issues relating to the Aegean Sea ought to be resolved between the two countries before electricity from wind can be generated for both parties in the Aegean region.
According to the Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the outstanding issues in the Aegean Sea fall under mainly five categories: –
- Issue of territorial waters, and Continental shelf dispute
- Demilitarized status of the Eastern Aegean Islands under relevant international instruments, including the Treaty of Lausanne of 1923 and the Paris Treaty of 1947.
- Status of the Eastern Aegean Islands under the relevant international instruments, including the Treaty of Lausanne of 1923 and the Paris Treaty of 1947
- Legal status of certain geographical features in the Aegean. This includes Aegean airspace, in which Greece claims 10 nautical miles of national airspace and contrary to international law, Greece's infringement of the F.I.R. (Flight Information Region).
- Queries on Search and Rescue (SAR) operations/activities
Despite these issues, Tsipouridis questioned the possibility of using some islands in the Aegean Sea or offshore areas to develop renewable energy installations.
He explained that both logistically and economically, it would be better to produce and sell energy on the nearest islands rather than import it from further afield.
He hailed Turkey as harnessing wind power through wind plant installations and lamented that this is not pursued in Greece.
"Politicians in Greece don't pay much attention to the wind energy opportunities," he said, adding that, "they [politicians] think about the next election and not the future of our children."
He lauded Turkey's efforts in wind energy and said it was a very good example of the fast progress that can be achieved in terms of production, generation and installation.
"Turkey has been doing quite well, particularly in recent years [in wind energy]," he said.
By Gulsen Cagatay
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