Turkey threatens to use military force, the Greek Foreign Ministry says
ATHENS, (BM) – Turkey’s idea of the possibility of threatening its neighbors is contrary to international law, the Greek Foreign Ministry said on August 29, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Krasnaya Vesna.
The ministry took this step in connection with the statement by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay about the possibility of a military response to the expansion of Greece’s territorial waters up to 12 nautical miles.
“Turkey’s unprecedented perception that it can threaten its neighboring countries with the use of force at a time when they are exercising their legitimate rights is in conflict with modern political culture, as well as the main provisions of international law,” said the press service of the Greek Foreign Ministry.
Greece called on Turkey to “realize” that the foundations of international law are binding on all countries in the world, and the international community has a duty to protect them. Particularly emphasized is the provision of the 4th paragraph of the 2nd article of the UN Charter on the refusal to use and the threat of use of force against the sovereignty of other states.
“In any case, we remind her [Turkey] that the implementation of Greece’s sovereign rights is not subject to any kind of Turkish veto,” the Foreign Ministry concluded.
Note, on August 29, Oktay said: “Greece’s attempts to expand its territorial waters from 6 to 12 nautical miles will not be recognized by Ankara. This step could lead to a military conflict.”
Recall that according to the 3rd article of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, each state has the right to establish the width of territorial waters up to 12 nautical miles. Greece is using only six miles in the Aegean Sea, as Turkey has previously stated that trying to claim twelve miles would be a pretext for war.
At the end of August, Greece announced its intention to expand its territorial waters in the Ionian Sea to 12 nautical miles – in the area of its borders with Italy.
Earlier, Greeks accused Turkey of spying on Greek territory
A new revelation was made by the well-known Turkish dissident journalist, with secret documents confirming once again the expanded illegal intelligence gathering and intrusive espionage activities in Greece by the Turkish National Intelligence Agency (Milli İstihbarat Teşkilatı or MIT), as well as by the Turkish and its consulates, as we reported on August 23.
The documents reveal the “hostile” actions of representatives of the Turkish government in the territory of a NATO ally, such as Greece, which continue unabated, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s relentless pursuit of national security is damaging to Greece.
The first document is dated March 26, 2019, and refers to MIT with code IV listing 568 people identified through intelligence gathering efforts. MIT’s “goals” are said to have been linked to the Gulen movement.
According to the document, MIT monitored the movements of Turkish asylum seekers while they were in Greece. 288 were identified as former government officials, most of whom had worked in public schools in Turkey before being illegally fired without administrative judicial inquiry.
The document listed 31 former Turkish police officers, 23 soldiers and four diplomats who worked at the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
According to Bozkurt, the current Turkish bureaucracy is full of Islamists, nationalists and neo-nationalists. He states that the document of the Turkish government reveals the existence of a secret report on Greece submitted by MIT.
The order for further police action against the Turkish asylum seekers identified by MIT was distributed in dozens of Turkish provinces with a secret message.
Apparently the Turkish Government feared that Greece might take advantage of the knowledge of all these asylum seekers and learn critical information about the Turkish state.
Hasan Yiğit, deputy head of the counter-terrorism department at the Directorate General of Security (Emniyet) in Ankara, was concerned about the leak and the possible impact of the scandalous activity on Greek territory by MIT agents looking for Turks.
Yiğit warned police units that information should be handled on a service-by-service basis, and should not be disclosed to unauthorized third parties.
A three-page report by the Turkish Embassy now lists 47 Turkish nationals who managed to escape illegal detention in Turkey on artificial charges.
Two days later, the deputy head of the Ankara Police Department responded to the General Directorate of Security, saying that an investigation had been launched into four people whose birth records were in Ankara province.
Similar checks were started for others based on birth registrations in other provinces. On January 17, 2020, Alp Aslan, Deputy Chief of Ankara Provincial Police, informed the 16th Ankara High Criminal Court about a person listed in the Turkish Embassy’s information file as a fugitive from Greece.
Another document sets out how the Turkish government uses Turkish diplomats and consular officials working in Greece as undercover agents to spy on and gather information in the territory of the host state in gross violation of the relevant Vienna Conventions.
The immunities and privileges of diplomats and consular staff are governed by international conventions.
Diplomats enjoying the privileges and immunities described in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations have a duty to respect the laws and regulations of the host State and to refrain from interfering in their internal affairs, as described in detail in Article 41.
Greece serves as an important destination for Turkish dissidents and opponents of the Erdogan regime, including the Gulenists, as it has land and sea borders with Turkey. The Turkish intelligence services, which are already conducting intelligence gathering operations using individuals from minority Muslim groups in Greece, who have apparently intensified their activities on Greek soil.
Bozkurt’s secret documents show that Turkey is monitoring all critics of Sultan Erdogan even after they managed to cross into Greece and seek asylum under international human rights conventions.
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