Παρασκευή, 2 Μαρτίου 2018

HURRIYET:Two Greek soldiers who ‘accidentally’ crossed into Turkey arrested: Media reports

Two Greek soldiers who ‘accidentally’ crossed into Turkey arrested: Media reports ΠΩΣ ΠΑΡΟΥΣΙΑΖΟΥΝ ΟΙ ΤΟΥΡΚΟΙ ΤΟ ΓΕΓΟΝΟΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΟΥΣ ΔΥΟ ΣΤΡΑΤΙΩΤΙΚΟΥΣ!
Two Greek soldiers who Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported as “lost” were arrested by a Turkish court after they were apprehended by the Turkish security forces for having crossed into in the northwestern province of Edirne on March 2.
“We are in consultation with the Turkish authorities for a prompt resolution of the matter,” Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos told reporters.

“Legal processes in Turkey will be put in motion swiftly and we expect the return of the two Greeks to our country,” he said.
The incident took place during a normal patrol in the thickly forested area by the Meriç River, also known as Evros.
It is understood that previous incidents have normally been resolved on the spot, Reuters reported.
“Yesterday’s incident was the result of a mistake. The two Greek officers diverged from their route because of the bad weather in the area, and found themselves by mistake in Turkish territory,” Tzanakopoulos said. 
He added that after the arrest of the two Greeks stipulated legal procedures followed.
“It’s a formality and concerns a trial for illegal entry to the country, which will be concluded, and then we expect their return to our country,” he said.
Greece’s army command said earlier that from the first moment the Greek authorities were in contact with their Turkish counterparts and that procedures for the soldiers’ return to Greece were ongoing.
Turkish officials were not immediately available for comment, the agency reported.
The two Greeks, a second lieutenant and a soldier, were in good health, held at Edirne, Andrianoupolis, as the town is called in Greek.
“There was no fighting and [the soldiers] are currently in Edirne,” Greek military command spokesman Nikolaos Fanios told Agence France-Presse, adding that the pair are in good health.
The troops are patrolling the area around the Meriç (Evros) river that separates the two countries, Fanios said.
Poor weather conditions caused the men, who were armed, to lose their way, the report stated.
“The Greek foreign minister is currently arranging for their repatriation,” Fanios added.
Tensions have been high in recent months between Greece and Turkey, both NATO members.
Ankara’s ties with the European Union are going through a particularly rough patch, following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s threat to block gas drilling in the Mediterranean around the island of Cyprus.
A Turkish boat collided with a Greek patrol boat near a disputed islet group, Kardak, in the Aegean Sea in mid-February, the second such incident in a month, prompting a protest from Athens.
In addition, eight former Turkish officers have taken refuge in Greece since the July 2016 coup attempt and Ankara is seeking their extradition, further ratcheting up the tension.
Greece, like several other European countries where Turkish officers have fled following the coup bid, has so far refused to send them back.

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