Naval War College Review


On 16 November 1994, some twelve years after being opened for ratification, the 1982 Law of the Sea (LOS) Convention came into force.1 Less than one year later, the Greek parliament ratified the convention, a move that evoked a fiery response from Turkey, the only Nato nation that has not indicated an intent to do likewise.2 Labeling the Greek vote a ,asus belli, the Turkish parliament promptly authorized the government to take "all necessary measures, including military steps, deemed necessary to protect the vital inter­ ests" of T urkey.3 Simultaneous 1995 naval exercises in the Aegean Sea by the two nations did little to calm matters.4