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Greece rejects Turkish demarche over armored vehicles on islands

Greece has ejected a Turkish demarche earlier on Monday alleging that it was violating international law through the presence of armored military vehicles at border islands, Greek diplomatic sources said.

The demarche was presented to Greece’s Ambassador in Ankara Christodoulos Lazaris on Monday, on the premise that the presence of tanks or other heavy military vehicles does not agree with the islands’ demilitarized status.

The Greek ambassador underlined that Greece’s positions have been thoroughly presented in the two letters sent to the UN Secretary General, sources noted, and added that Greece fully respects its obligations arising from the Treaty of Lausanne.

Moreover, they added, Ambassador Lazaris told Turkish officials that Greece is not the country threatening its neighbor with casus belli, nor has it amassed the largest landing fleet on its shores, as Turkey has done.

Lazaris pointed out that Turkey continues to violate Greece’s sovereignty with its continuous airspace violations and its flights over Greek territory.

 

 

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