Min­is­ter says no plans to set­tle Aegean islets

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Deputy Ship­ping Min­is­ter Nek­tar­ios San­torin­ios says there are no plans to cre­ate in­fra­struc­ture or set­tle peo­ple on un­in­hab­ited islets in the Aegean Sea as part of the gov­ern­ment’s plans to de­velop them. His com­ments were made in the af­ter­math of Tur­key’s re­ac­tion to the gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment last week of its in­ten­tion to con­duct en­vi­ron­men­tal and his­tor­i­cal re­search on 28 islets. San­torin­ios said Turk­ish claims that Greece plans to pop­u­late the islets were in­ac­cu­rate and sus­pect. Be­sides, he added, what Greece does within its ter­ri­tory is its own busi­ness. Turk­ish For­eign Min­istry spokesman Huseyin Muf­tuoglu said last week that Ankara ex­pects pru­dence from Greece on “such a sen­si­tive mat­ter.” “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.

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