Ankara, Turkey – Greece has amassed weapons and soldiers! Keep a close eye to militarized Aegean Islands against Turkey. Greece has turned 18 of the 23 islands in the Aegean into weapons depots and military bases. Experts say the islands, which have been turned into arsenals, pose a threat to Turkey. Turkey can move the issue to the UN and NATO.
As tensions continued between Turkey and Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greece ‘s arming of many demilitirazed status candidates in the Aegean Sea was again on the agenda.
Contrary to Articles 4 and 14 of the Lausanne agreement of 1923 and Article 14 of the Paris Peace Conference resolutions of 1947, Greece turned 18 of the 23 islands in the Aegean into weapons depots and military bases. Experts say the islands, which have been turned into arsenals, pose a threat to Turkey.
Greece, especially in Lesbos and Chios; Sisam, Sömbeki, Nikarya, Libsi, Batnaz, İleriye, Kelemez, İstanköy, Astipalya, İncirli, İlyaki, Herke, Kerpe, Çoban, Rhodes, Meis were equipped with heavy weapons.
Greece, which has deployed thousands of troops to these islands, has deployed anti-aircraft, tank, artillery batteries and air defense systems there. The data of the TRNC-based diplomatic Strategy Research Center is as follows::
Lesbos Island: 1 Division and its associated main troops, 2 infantry regiments, 7 infantry battalions, 1 Special National Guard Battalion, 3 tank battalions, 4 cannon battalions and 1 anti-aircraft Battalion.
Chios: 1 Brigade and its associated main troops; 1 Infantry Regiment, 4 infantry battalions, 1 Special National Guard Battalion, 1 tank Battalion, 1 anti-aircraft Battalion, 7,500 soldiers.
Samos Island: 1 Brigade and its main troops; 1 Infantry Regiment, 4 infantry battalions, 2 mechanized battalions, 2 tank battalions, 2 Cannon battalions, 1 anti-aircraft Battalion, 7,500 soldiers.
Rhodes Island: 1 Division and its main troops; 2 infantry regiments, 7 infantry battalions, 1 Special National Guard Battalion, 3 artillery battalions, 1 Commando Battalion, 1 anti-aircraft Battalion, 7,500 soldiers.
Kos Island: 1 Brigade and its main troops; 1 Infantry Regiment, 4 infantry battalions, 1 Special Guard Battalion, 2 tank battalions, 8 thousand soldiers.
6 land bases, 2 naval bases and two Greek helicopter bases are also mentioned in the islands, 1 Battalion soldier in the land base on the island of sheep, Sea and helicopter base in Eşek, Bulamaç and Hurşit islands with one Battalion soldier and helicopter base Muğla Kalolimnoz and Goat Islands in the land bases there is one Battalion soldier is noted.
Greece, which is arming the islands, is also building military airports on the islands of Lemnos, Lesbos, Kos and Rhodes for the jet campaign against Turkey.
Recalling that arming the islands with the demilitirazed status is contrary to both Lausanne and the Paris Agreement and international law, international relations experts point out that if Greece does not disarm and demilitarize them, its sovereignty will not be recognized.
Experts note that the islands were given to Greece on the condition that they remain in the demilitirazed status, noting that Turkey should emphasize that Turkey will not recognize the sovereignty of the islands, carry the problem to the UN and open it for discussion in NATO, primarily by giving notes to Greece in this context.
Turkey can also increase its military presence in the TRNC in the face of these moves and establish a naval and air base here.