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Greece to write to UN over island conflict with Turkey

Greece intends to lodge a complaint with the United Nations relating to Turkey's violation of its sovereignty over numerous islands in the eastern Aegean Sea, Greek radio broadcaster ERT reported on Thursday, citing the Foreign Ministry in Athens.

Athens, 26 May 2022 (dpa/MIA) – Greece intends to lodge a complaint with the United Nations relating to Turkey’s violation of its sovereignty over numerous islands in the eastern Aegean Sea, Greek radio broadcaster ERT reported on Thursday, citing the Foreign Ministry in Athens.

Tensions between the two neighbours have been rising for weeks. Turkish military planes have been flying over inhabited Greek islands on an almost daily basis. The popular tourist destinations of Rhodes and Samos are among the disputed islands.

Ankara has argued that Greece lost the rights to a number of islands near the Turkish coast by militarizing them, in breach of the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne and 1947 Paris Peace Treaty.

Athens, on the other hand, has argued that the militarization is only a reaction to the presence of numerous Turkish landing crafts along the western Turkish coast, citing every country’s right to self-defence.

The dispute over the islands is only one of a number of conflicts between the two countries. Natural gas reserves in the Aegean are another source of dispute.

More acutely, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan publicly suspended contact with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis earlier this week, saying that the latter no longer exists as far as he is concerned.

The move comes in reaction to Mitsotakis’ warning to the US Congress not to deliver fighter jets to Turkey.

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