Ankara, Turkey – Greek soldiers disembarking in Kastellorizo (Meis), the island is located just 2 km from Turkey.
Greek soldiers went to Kastellorizo Island on August 28 via a ferry carrying tourists as well.
The armed, equipped and uniformed Greek soldiers were boarding the Blue Star ferry and descending to the island in the Eastern Meditterranean.
Meanwhile, the island is located just 2 km from Turkey.
Greece has violated the treaties on the demilitarization of the Aegean Islands since the 1960s.
Militarizing 16 of the 23 islands without military status by violating the agreements, Greece has tens of thousands of armed soldiers on islands such as Lemnos, Lesbos, Rhodes, Chios, Samos and Kos.
The demilitarization of these islands is however guaranteed by the Treaties of Lausanne of 1923 and of Paris of 1947 which are still in force.
Greece sends troops to Meis by ferries, violates Lausanne and Paris Peace Treaties. It was announced that soldiers were transported by ferries to Meis, 2 km from Antalya’s Kaş district. This situation is against the provision of no armed forces and no fortifications on the islands included in the Lausanne and Paris Peace Treaties.
It turned out that soldiers were transported to the Greek island of Meis, 2 km from Antalya’s Kaş district, by ferries named Blue Star.
Oruç Reis after the Eastern Mediterranean begin seismic exploration activities of the military activity in the region between Meis and Kas are experiencing and often faced by Greek coast guard boats and Turkey, was announced as the dominant tension in the region.
It was seen that the soldiers who got off the ferries together with Greek citizens and tourists came from the island of Rhodes and were fully equipped. The number of soldiers brought to the island was not disclosed.
Violation of the Lausanne and Paris Agreements
In the evaluations made by the experts, it was declared that the aforementioned steps of Greece meant a new violation of the 1923 Lausanne and 1947 Paris Peace Treaties and that the Athens administration has continued to arm these islands since 1960, although it was forbidden to arm them.
In accordance with the Treaty of Lausanne signed in 1923 and the Treaty of Paris signed in 1947, Greece has signed the Limnos, Samothrace and Eastern Aegean Islands (Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Nikarya) and the Dodecanese (Stompalya, Rhodes, Kalki, Skarpanto, Kasas, Bishop, Misiros). , Kalymnos, Leros, Patmos, Lipsos, Sömbeki, Kos and its connected islands and Meis Island) It was decided that no armed forces should be kept and no fortifications were made outside the law enforcement forces.
Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay reacts to Greek provocations
Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay said on Saturday that Greece’s plans to expand its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles would be a cause for war. A similar sentiment was voiced by Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu hours later.
On Sunday, the Foreign Ministry also slammed French President Emmanuel Macron for saying he had adopted a “red-line policy” in the eastern Mediterranean backing Greece against Turkey over the exploration of energy resources, Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu reported.
“Those who think they drew a red line in the Eastern Mediterranean are challenging our country’s resolute stance,” the ministry said. “If there is a red line in the region, it belongs to Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots based on international law.”
“The period of determining their imperialist understanding by drawing lines on maps is over,” it said referring to France’s colonial past.
Tension has risen between the NATO allies after Turkey sent the Oruç Reis research vessel escorted by Turkish warships to a disputed area between Cyprus and the Greek island of Crete on August 10.
Greece responded to the move by sending naval and air units to push back the Oruç Reis and conducting military drills with the GCA and France in the area, creating a standoff at risk of escalating into a direct confrontation with Turkey.