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Demilitarization of Aegean island: Greece tells Turkey to respect international law

Greece’s Foreign Ministry has urged Turkey to learn to respect the international law and to not arbitrarily interprets it. In a statement, the Ministry commented to Turkey’s Defense Ministry all on Greece to demilitarize the Aegean islands.

Greek Foreign Ministry statement:

“Since Turkey claims to respect good neighbourly relations, it should learn to respect international law as it stands, and not in the arbitrary way interprets it.

Turkey should work towards de-escalating tensions and building trust and must desist from continuous fruitless provocations.

The raising of such issues by the Turkish side, particularly when it threatens with war a sovereign country, in the case it exercises a legitimate sovereign right stemming from international law, does not rise to the level or relations that Greece, as a democratic and European country, wishes to foster with all its neighbouring countries.”

On Saturday, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar called on his Greek counterpart to take necessary steps with regards to demilitarization of the Aegean islands claiming that “Greece violates international law, treaties by arming Aegean islands,” which are under demilitarized status.

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