Same mis­takes

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Fail­ure to fol­low pro­ce­dures and lapses at key de­ci­sion-mak­ing cen­ters were the main mis­takes made dur­ing the Imia cri­sis, which brought Greece and neigh­bor­ing Turkey to the brink of war in 1996. The same short­com­ings be­came painfully ev­i­dent on Sun­day af­ter a Turk­ish gun­boat car­ry­ing Turkey’s Chief of Gen­eral Staff sailed into Greek wa­ters and around the east­ern Aegean islets. There was no op­er­a­tion cen­ter to co­or­di­nate all the re­spon­si­ble agen­cies, which are not just mil­i­tary ones. There is no such cen­ter at gov­ern­ment head­quar­ters at Max­i­mos Man­sion. What is more, the Gov­ern­ment Coun­cil for For­eign Af­fairs and De­fense was not con­vened. Hope­fully, rea­son will pre­vail across the Aegean, and we shall not have to wit­ness a re­peat of the 1996 cri­sis. At the same time, how­ever, the lead­er­ship in Athens has to dis­play a more re­spon­si­ble at­ti­tude and in­sti­tu­tional ap­proach vis-a-vis in­ci­dents of this na­ture.

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