Er­do­gan starts Greek visit with bor­der de­mand

The Daily Telegraph - - World news - By Josie En­sor

THE first of­fi­cial visit by a Turk­ish pres­i­dent to Greece in six decades got off to a tense start yes­ter­day af­ter he said the coun­tries needed to re­assess their bor­der and de­manded the ex­tra­di­tion of sus­pected coup plot­ters.

Un­easy al­lies in Nato and at odds over a host of is­sues from eth­ni­cally split Cyprus to air space, the two set diplo­matic niceties aside af­ter re­marks by Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan to the Greek me­dia that a treaty defin­ing their bor­ders may need to be re­viewed.

“The 1923 Treaty of Lausanne has no flaws, it does not need to be re­viewed, or to be up­dated,” Prokopis Pavlopou­los, the Greek pres­i­dent, re­sponded.

Mr Er­do­gan, who is in Athens, yes­ter­day de­manded the ex­tra­di­tion of sus­pected coup plot­ters from Greece, re­fer­ring to eight sol­diers who flew to north­ern Greece dur­ing the failed putsch last year to claim asy­lum. Ankara’s de­mand has been re­jected by Greek courts on the grounds they could not be guar­an­teed a fair trial in Turkey.

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