Turkey: Blue Homeland documentary to debut on April 27
Documentary on Turkey's maritime rights to feature former Turkish admirals, senior experts, says public broadcaster TRT
A new documentary on Turkey's maritime rights in its surrounding seas is set to be aired next week, the country's public broadcaster announced on Thursday.
Produced by the TRT Haber news channel, Blue Homeland (Mavi Vatan) will debut on April 27, 9 p.m. local time in Turkey (1800GMT), according to the announcement by the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT).
Turkey maritime sovereignty rights in the Mediterranean, Black Sea, and the Aegean Sea based on international treaties, as well as Libya's status as a maritime neighbor of the country will be some of the main themes of the documentary, which will also feature many hitherto unknown facts, according to the announcement.
Its shooting, directed by Kemal Sogukdere, was completed in 40 days by a 10-person team including Ahmet Bahceci as editor and Ahmet Gormez as narrator.
Former Turkish admirals Cihat Yayci and Deniz Kutluk were contributors in the motion picture, along with senior experts Emin Emrah Danis and Ilhan Ege.
Greece has disputed Turkey's current energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, trying to box in Turkish maritime territory based on small islands near the Turkish coast.
Turkey – the country with the longest coastline on the Mediterranean – has sent out drill ships to explore for energy on its continental shelf, saying that both Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) have rights in the region.
Dialogue for sharing these resources fairly would be a win-win for all sides, say Turkish officials.
* Writing by Ahmet Gencturk