The Turkish delegation participating in the Law of the Sea Conference submitted proposals which, while accepting the 12 mile rule, would treat the Aegean Sea as an exception to this rule.
The main trends at the Conference and the package deal approach were not favorable to the position Turkey held regarding the dispute in the Aegean Sea. Turkey's most pressing and obvious concern was to prevent the application of the 12 miles territorial sea rule in the Aegean Sea. 12 miles of territorial waters would convert the Aegean into a Greek lake because of the existence of a great number of Greek Islands. This would lock Turkey out of the Aegean and confine it to its territorial waters. Such a condition would reduce the high seas by half.The maritime jurisdiction areas, i.e. Turkey's economic zone or continental shelf to be delimited would also considerably diminish.