Ankara, Turkey – Greece has provocatively deployed troops to the island of Meis. With military and political tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, another provocation came from Greece. The Greek army deployed troops to the island of Meis, which is 2 km from Turkey and is forbidden to arm.
The Greek government is escalating tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean against Turkey’s peaceful work in the region, the Greek government is pursuing a new drive every day.
Greece has deployed troops to the island of Meis, 2 km from Turkey, and images of Greece sending troops on cruise ships carrying tourists have been openly published.
According to international law, the arming of the island of Meis is prohibited. The steps in question by Greece are a violation of the Lausanne Peace Treaties of 1923 and the Paris Peace Treaties of 1947.
Greece has continued to arm islands in the Mediterranean since 1960, although it is forbidden to arm them.
Foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy responded in writing to a question about media reports about Greece’s military shipment to the island of Meis.
Aksoy noted that news of Greece’s military buildup on the island of Meis was reported in the press, and reminded that the island of Meis was in disarmed status by the Paris Peace Agreement of 1947.
Aksoy stressed that if the media reports are correct, this is a new indication of Greece’s lack of law and its true intentions in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Aksoy, who stressed that they reject illegitimate changes to the status of the island, noted:
“We emphasize that we will not allow such a provocation to achieve its goal just across our shores. Such provocative actions will not benefit Greece at all. If Greece continues to take steps to increase tensions in the region, it will be the loser. Turkey is committed to protecting its rights and interests arising from international law to the fullest.”
As the “Oruç Reis” crisis in the eastern Mediterranean continued, Greece sent troops to the island of Meis, opposite Kaş. Among the tourists sent by ferry and arriving for the holiday, it was not known whether the soldiers who left the Port of Meis came to the island for reinforcements or for an exchange of guard. Greek news sites reported that these soldiers were elements of the National Guard Force on the island of Rhodes. Although it was clearly stated in the Paris Agreement of 1947 that the Twelve Islands had weapons-free status, Greece, on the basis of Article 51 of the UN Charter after 1974, saying that “ we protect our sovereignty ”, these islands were defiantly armed.
After Greece sent troops to the island of Meis, the Turkish Foreign Ministry recalled that this place was in disarmed status, saying: “this is a new indication of Greece’s lack of law and its true intention in the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey rejects any illegitimate changes to the status of the island. Turkey emphasize that Turkey will not allow such a provocation to achieve its goal right across our shores,” he said.
The Foreign Office also responded to French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement that they are “implementing a red line policy in the Eastern Mediterranean”: “if there is a red line in the region, it is only the rights of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots arising from international law. It’s time for those who see themselves in their giant mirror to face the truth. The period of determining imperialist understandings by drawing lines on maps is behind us. Concerning Turkey’s legitimate rights and interests, Turkey is able to deter anyone who attempts to extort force by sending ‘armada’ in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey says it is unwise to point weapons at Turkey’s shores
Meanwhile, if Greece wants to solve the problems through law and diplomacy, Turkey is the most reliable interlocutor in the region. If Greece prefers to conduct exercises with France instead of talking to Turkey, then Greece will see how wrong this is for its international relations.
Indeed, Greece will learn that Turkey has a strong answer to every step of the way. Instead of solving problems through diplomacy on the basis of law peacefully, it is Greece that sabotages diplomacy through pirated agreements in the Mediterranean Sea.
The result of these provocative steps by Greece will be severe failure. Greece’s attempt to arm the island of Meis is a new example of piracy in the Mediterranean Sea. When considering to solidify peace and stability for two neighbors in the region, It is unwise to point weapons at Turkey’s shores. Consequently, by taking these illegal steps, Greece has become the representative of pirate policies in the Islands Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.