Turkey re­acts sternly to Greek Aegean islet plan

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In a stern state­ment late yes­ter­day, Turk­ish For­eign Min­istry spokesman Huseyin Muf­tuoglu of­fered Ankara’s first of­fi­cial re­sponse to an ini­tia­tive by Greece’s Deputy Ship­ping Min­is­ter Nek­tar­ios San­torin­ios for eco­nomic devel­op­ment on 28 un­in­hab­ited Aegean islets.

“We have de­clared sev­eral times that we will not ac­cept pos­si­ble de facto cir­cum­stances that were cre­ated by Greek pol­icy on dis­puted geo­graph­i­cal for­ma­tions,” Muf­tuoglu said, not­ing that San­torin­ios had not named the 28 islets.

Ankara ex­pects pru­dence from Greece on “such a sen­si­tive mat­ter,” he added.

The com­ments come at a time when re­la­tions be­tween Greece and Turkey are strained.

Rec­om­men­da­tions by Greek pros­e­cu­tors this week against the ex­tra­di­tion of Turk­ish mil­i­tary of­fi­cers who fled to Greece fol­low­ing Turkey’s thwarted coup in July have not gone down well in Ankara. And, al­though Greece is keen to avoid putting the of­fi­cers at risk by re­turn­ing them to Turkey, a re­fusal to ex­tra­dite them is cer­tain to anger Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties and could have reper­cus­sions on Ankara’s deal with the Euro­pean Union to crack down on un­doc­u­mented mi­gra­tion across the Aegean.

The Supreme Court is to­day to hear the ap­peals of the fi­nal four of the eight Turk­ish mil­i­tary of­fi­cers against their ex­tra­di­tion.

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