Mother of Greek Soldier Held in Turkey Grills Minister (video)

The mother of one of the Greek soldiers held in Turkey for illegally entering the country has pressed a government minister to do more to secure the release of her son.

During a meeting in the border town of Orestiada, Sophia Kouklatzis asked the Deputy Minister of Defense Fotis Kouvelis: “If he was your son, minister, what would you do?”

The minister did not reply and the meeting continued with no cameras present.

In comments earlier, Kouvelis said the Greek government is doing everything possible to secure the release of the soldiers who have been held for 12 days in a prison in the town of Edirne in north-western Turkey.

In an interview with the Athens Macedonian News Agency, the father of Nikos Kouklatzis said that the two soldiers “are not worried, because they believe in justice and cannot be punished for something they did not do”.

“The prison can only restrict their movements, but it cannot diminish their dignity, their optimism, their dreams. We believe in justice and that the truth will be revealed. We are optimistic because the facts do not incriminate our children,” said Kouklatzis.