"Greek crisis" was “fixed” overall stakes are $Trillions of oil and gas in the Aegean and beyond....
Accompanying this is another law on oil exploration... coincidence?
According to senior ministry officials, there have been presentations by three companies specialized in seismic and geological surveys.
Additionally, said the same report, Greece aims to gain reliability in the part of oil survey and production. So far, Environment Ministry has respected the announced schedule. Should the government continue with the same pace, then the return of Greece on the map of oil surveys would be done under optimum conditions. It should be noted that the surveys would take place at the arc that starts from North Ionian Sea and ends up south of Crete.
Now back to our story, what were the real reasons behind Mrs. Clinton’s trip to Athens? Obviously we have to speculate, but given the information in hand as written in the article, as well as the various information printed over time we can only conclude that it is connected to oil exploration. Nonetheless, let’s first examine who Richard Morningstar is and I guarantee that with the information presented in Epikaira, Wikipedia and some other sites it will all fit together like a puzzle.
According to the article,Ambassador Richard L. Morningstar was sworn in on June 20, 1999, as US Ambassador to the European Union. His nomination, announced by President Bill Clinton on April 21, 1999, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 17. Since July 1998, Ambassador Morningstar had been Special Advisor to the President and the Secretary of State for Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy. Ambassador Morningstar was responsible for assuring maximum coordination within the Executive Branch of U.S. policy and programs relating to the development of oil and gas resources in the Caspian Basin. Development of the Caspian and open commercial access to its energy resources are key priorities of the Administration.
In the period 1997-1998, Morningstar apparently appointed Matthew Bryza, to the position of special advisor. Bryza, who is now Ambassador of Azerbaijan was at the time involved in coordinating US Government assistance programs on economic reforms in Caucasus and Central Asia. Starting from July, 1998 he served as the Deputy Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy, coordinating the US Government’s inter-agency efforts to develop a network of oil and gas pipelines in the Caspian region, or so Wikipedia and some other reports say....
Of interest as well, according to Epikaira, is an interview of Morningstar that was featured in the Greek daily KATHIMERINI at the end of July last year.
- There must be hydrocarbons, and/or petrol in the Aegean Sea, and alot of it otherwise why all this hype?
- Is the US pressing Greece to cooperate with Turkey?
- Is common exploitation of natural reserves of the Aegean Sea now inevitable?
- Will the energy map of South-Eastern Europe change further?
- Why were there no efforts to exploit the Aegean Sea for natural resources prior to this?
- Why now?
“This is how I believe all pending issues concerning Greece will get resolved such as the subject of the continental shelf, (expansion of our territorial waters) and other related issues, and a possible casus belli will also end ...,” says Vassilakis.