Qa-5, 3 February 2017, Statement Of The Spokesperson Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Hüseyin Müftüoğlu, In Response To A Question Regarding The News On Greek Press Regarding Deployment Of Military Personnel In The Aegean Sea , 03.02.2017
We came across some news in the Greek media regarding the deployment
exercises involving paratroopers of the Greek Special Forces on Istanköy
The 1947 Paris Peace Treaty prohibits all types of military training
activities on Istanköy (Kos) Island, which was ceded to Greece by Italy on
the condition that it would be and remain demilitarized. The said military
training on the island is therefore a clear violation of international law.
In this regard, we urge our neighbor Greece to refrain from unilateral acts
against international law that has the potential to create tensions and
lead to escalation, and from which Greece cannot extricate itself. We
re-emphasize that we will continue to take the necessary steps in line with
Turkey’s political and legal positions regarding the Aegean Sea.