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Turkish FM warns of rift in relations with Greece after court rejects extradition of 8 Turkish soldiers

Turkeish Foreign Ministry warns of rift in relations with Greece after a Greek court rejected also Ankara’s second request for the extradition of eight soldiers, who fled to the neighboring country after the failed coup of July 2016.

Challenging the court decision, Ankara claims that the decision of the Greek judiciary was “taken with political motives.”

Turkey warns neighboring Greece:

“This decision will inevitably affect our bilateral relations and our cooperation on regional matters with Greece as a country which embraces the putschists.”

Press Release Regarding the Rejection by Greece of the Extradition Request Concerning Eight Putschists published by the Turkish foreign Ministry on May 4 2017

The Greek judiciary, which we expected to be fair and impartial, unfortunately once again disappointed us and rejected our request for the second time for the extradition of eight putschists who participated in the July15 coup attempt against our constitutional order.

The Greek authorities, who until today have obstructed the members of the terrorist organizations’ targeting Turkey like the DHKP/C and PKK to be brought to justice, repeated their mistakes once again. With this rejection, the criminals who actively participated in the coup attempt that targeted the democratic order in Turkey, killed hundreds of members of our security forces and civilians, wounded thousands of our citizens and attempted against the life of our President, are prevented from being brought to justice. The rights of the victims are disregarded.

We do not see the support and cooperation that we need to see from an ally in the fight against terrorism and crime.

This decision leaves the perpetrators without punishment and provides shelter to the putschists.
 
It is clear that this decision, which exempts the offenders from the judiciary, is taken with political motives. This decision will inevitably affect our bilateral relations and our cooperation on regional matters with Greece as a country which embraces the putschists.

Just a few hours after the Greek court decision on May 3rd,, Turkey issued a Navigational Telex (NAVTEX) – Maritime Saftey Information, is which it will “isolate: the Greek island of Kastelorizo for several hours for a submarine naval exercise.

Η NAVTEX:
ZCZC FA25 ANTALYA TURK RADIO
ZCZC
041452 UTC MAY 17
TURNHOS N/W: 457/17
MEDITERRANEAN SEA
TURKISH WARSHIP TOW UNDERWATER DEVICE ON 05 MAY 17 FROM 0001Z TO 0400Z OUT OF FOREIGN TERRITORIAL WATERS IN AREA BOUNDED BY.
36 10.00 N – 029 50.00 E
35 50.00 N – 029 50.00 E
35 50.00 N – 029 20.00 E
36 14.70 N – 029 20.00 E
1NM BERTH REQUSTED

PS The problem with Turkey is clearly it cannot understand the Greek judges concerns about a fair trial for the 8 Turkish officers.

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