A new sta­tus quo

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The pol­icy of Fin­lan­diza­tion that Tur­key is car­ry­ing out in cer­tain ar­eas where it claims that there are gray zones – in other words ques­tion­ing their sovereignty – is a dan­ger­ous de­vel­op­ment. This is what has been hap­pen­ing for some time now in the case of the Imia islets, which Greece and Tur­key al­most went to war over in 1996 and whose sovereignty Ankara con­tin­ues to chal­lenge. Tur­key is im­ple­ment­ing its Fin­lan­diza­tion pol­icy in a vi­o­lent and provoca­tive man­ner, as was the case on Mon­day night when a Turk­ish coast guard ves­sel rammed a Greek pa­trol boat off Imia, caus­ing dam­age but no in­juries. De­spite re­peated pub­lic ges­tures and an­nounce­ments in the past, the Greek gov­ern­ment is watch­ing events un­fold with puz­zle­ment and in­ac­tion. The com­ments made by our Euro­pean part­ners, calling on Tur­key to be­have in a neigh­borly way, were good but the sit­u­a­tion is start­ing to be­come per­ma­nent in na­ture.

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