Same old mis­takes

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The Imia cri­sis that brought Greece and Tur­key to the brink of war in 1996 over a clus­ter of un­in­hab­ited islets in the eastern Aegean made it more than clear that who­ever is in gov­ern­ment in Athens should try to avoid any se­ri­ous fric­tion with Ankara, or, fail­ing that, take im­me­di­ate steps to curb the con­se­quences. No gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial has the right to adopt po­si­tions or make moves that could have se­ri­ous con­se­quences on na­tional se­cu­rity, es­pe­cially with­out hav­ing first con­sulted all the rel­e­vant min­istries and ser­vices. Nor do they have the right to an­nounce fu­ture ini­tia­tives that have not been pre­vi­ously agreed or planned, pos­si­bly stir­ring trou­ble in bi­lat­eral re­la­tions. We thought that the Greek state had learned its les­son from that dif­fi­cult pe­riod 20 years ago and knew bet­ter than to re­peat the mis­takes of the past. It ap­pears that we may have been wrong.

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