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Re IMIA USA Congressional Record

Re IMIA USA Congressional Record

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[Congressional Record Volume 142, Number 49 (Wednesday, April 17, 1996)][Senate][Pages S3491-S3492]From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]SENATE RESOLUTION 247--RELATIVE TO IMIA ISLETMr. SPECTER (for himself and Ms. Mikulski) submitted the followingresolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations:S. Res. 247Whereas Greece and Turkey are engaged in a dispute oversovereignty to an islet in the Aegean Sea called Imia byGreece and Kardak by Turkey:Whereas the islet is a dependent of the Island of Calimnos,an island in the Dodecanese region of the Aegean Sea:Whereas in Article 15 of the Treaty of Peace with Turkey,and other Instruments, signed at Lausanne on July 24, 1923,Turkey renounced in favor of Italy all right and title ofTurkey over 12 islands in the Dodecanese region that wereoccupied at the time of the Treaty by Italy, including theIsland of Calimnos, and the islets dependent on such islands;Whereas the Convention Between Italy and Turkey for theDelimitation of the Territorial Waters Between the Coasts ofAnatolia and the Island of Castellorizio, signed at Ankara onJanuary 4, 1932, established the rights of Italy and Turkeyin coastal islands, waters, and rocks in the Aegean Sea anddelimited a maritime frontier between the two countries:Whereas a Protocol to that Convention established a borderbetween Italy and Turkey which placed the islet under thecontrol of Italy;Whereas in Article 14 of the 1947 Treaty of Peace withItaly, Italy ceded to Greece the Island of Calimnos andadjacent islets;Whereas the Eastern Mediterranean region, in which theAegean Sea is located, is a region of vital strategicimportance to the United States;Whereas both Greece and Turkey are members of the NorthAtlantic Treaty Organization and allies of the United States;[[Page S3492]]Whereas it is in the interest of the United States andother nations to have the dispute resolved peacefully; andWhereas the International Court of Justice in The Hague wasestablished to promote the peaceful resolution ofinternational disputes in conformity with international law:Now, therefore, be itResolved, That it is the sense of the Senate that theGovernment of Greece and the Government of Turkey should--(1) submit to the International Court of Justice in TheHague the dispute of such governments over sovereignty to theislet in the Aegean Sea called Imia by Greece and Kardak byTurkey; and(2) agree to be bound by the decision of the Court withrespect to the dispute.Mr. SPECTER. Mr. President, for thousands of years, the Aegean Sea,and the Eastern Mediterranean as a whole, has been a criticalgeopolitical region. I believe it is in the national interest of theUnited States to have the countries in this region resolve their

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