Eliminate Tesnions
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Experience from East Mediterranean shows that some states use maritime activities as opportunities for tensions and sovereignty disputes. Such opportunities include SAR operations and broadcasting NAVTEX messages. Notable cases are also navigation and operation of warships, military aircraft and fishing boats. These conflicts are backed up by misinterpretation or rejection of UNCLOS 82 requirements.

One solution could be an agreement among Arctic states such as the Torres Strait to separate maritime activities from territorial disputes. In the agreement, tensions will be eliminated by defining clear boundaries of ship routes, fishing regions, SAR regions, and restriction of main military activities (patrols, exercises etc.).