Turkey detained 10 retired admirals on Monday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned of a new coup after a letter signed by more than 100 retired admirals warning about a possible threat to a treaty governing the use of Turkey’s key waterways, according to greekreporter.com.
The development comes a day after the letter was sharply condemned by the government, which said the move is “reminiscent of coup times” in Turkey’s past.
Turkey’s approval last month of plans to develop a shipping canal in Istanbul comparable to the Panama or Suez canals has opened up the debate about the 1936 Montreux Convention.
The admirals pointed out in their letter that apart from its environmental impact, the new canal venture could undermine the Montreux accord.
The convention guarantees the free passage through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits of civilian vessels in times of both peace and war.
It also regulates the use of the strait by military vessels from non-Black Sea states.
The new canal would enable ships to transit between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea without passing through part of the straits that are covered by the treaty.
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Original article: Navy admirals arrested in Turkey as Erdogan warns of imminent new coup.