Shots fired at Turk­ish cargo ship

Coast guard takes aim at ves­sel sus­pected of trans­port­ing drugs off Rhodes

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A Greek coast guard ship fired warn­ing shots at a Turk­ish-flagged cargo ship off the coast of the south­east­ern Aegean is­land of Rhodes yes­ter­day. Re­port­edly, the ship was sus­pected of trans­port­ing nar­cotics.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the shots were fired be­cause the M/V ACT freight ship did not re­spond to re­peated calls made by the Greek coast guard. The in­ci­dent ended after the ship headed into Turk­ish ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters. CNN Turk said the Hel­lenic Coast Guard opened fire after the Turk­ish-flagged ship re­fused to com­ply with in­struc­tions to dock at the port of Rhodes for an in­spec­tion.

Turk­ish me­dia said the in­ci­dent left 16 bul­let holes in the ves­sel and that it was in in­ter­na­tional wa­ters, head­ing to Kor­fez in the Mar- mara re­gion of Turkey from Isk­enderun in the south of the coun­try. The Turk­ish for­eign min­istry said there was no “jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for fir­ing on an un­armed com­mer­cial ship car­ry­ing freight.” The in­ci­dent oc­curred as the Cyprus talks at the Swiss re­sort of Crans-Mon­tana en­tered their sec­ond week yes­ter­day. The ne­go­ti­a­tions were ex­pected last night to grap­ple with the thorny is­sue of post-set­tle­ment se­cu­rity. For­eign Min­is­ter Nikos Kotzias said yes­ter­day that the dis­cus­sion will fo­cus on the ques­tions posed by the UN sec­re­tary-gen­eral’s spe­cial ad­viser, Espen Barth Eide, re­gard­ing the se­cu­rity sys­tem in Cyprus.. “Sub­stan­tive dis­cus­sions must take place be­cause we are on the sixth day of ne­go­ti­a­tions and the dis­cus­sion has not started.”

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