Greece Summons Turkish Envoy over Imia Incident



Turkish coast guard vessel photographed near Imia islets

Greece filed a strongly-worded demarche with the Turkish embassy on Tuesday, following the ramming by a Turkish patrol boat of a Greek vessel near the Imia islet area before midnight on Monday.

The Port Authority confirmed that the Turkish patrol boat had entered Greek territorial waters.

Foreign Ministry Secretary General Dimitrios Paraskevopoulos conveyed the Greek government’s protest, while the Turkish ambassador to Athens was called to the ministry.

In a statement, the Greek foreign ministry called on Turkey to “put an end to the infringements of international law and to actions that do not contribute to building relations between the two countries,” while “they undermine the regional security and stability, which Greece advocates and will continue to advocate for”.

The statement added that “dangerous incidents like this that endanger human lives are a result of the escalating and provocative behavior that Turkey is increasingly exhibiting the last few days.”

According to diplomatic sources, the Greek government has already informed its allies and partners about the incident, including the U.S., Germany and members of the UN Security Council.

It has also filed protests with the European Union, which already issued related statements, and NATO.

(Source: AMNA)