The Greek Coast Guard has been sending unlawful migrants stranded on islands within the Aegean again to Turkish territorial waters, Turkey’s Inside Minister has stated, accusing Athens of “torture.”
The Greek coast guards have been engaged in “torture and inhumane remedy on daily basis,” Inside Minister Suleyman Soylu stated in a Twitter publish, addressing Greek Minister for Migration and Asylum, Notis Mitarachi.
The Turkish minister additionally posted a video supposedly exhibiting a Greek Coast Guard vessel allegedly abandoning life rafts full of migrants within the Aegean Sea to be picked up by Turkish ships. “Watch your forces partaking in [an] inhumane motion,” the Turkish minister stated, including the European border guard company Frontex is “complicit” on this observe whereas Brussels merely “ignores” it.
Soylu additionally posted a hyperlink to a assertion by the Turkish Coast Guard Command describing among the most up-to-date incidents involving the Turkish officers rescuing individuals deserted by the Greeks. The Turkish Coast Guard picked up a complete of 28 individuals in two situations on December 6 and eight.
All of these rescued turned out to be members of the identical group that was stranded on the Greek island of Farmakonisi not removed from the Turkish Anatolia coast for 2 days earlier than being picked up by the Greek coast guard. The Greeks then separated migrant males from ladies and youngsters that have been positioned in a life raft and towed to Turkish waters.
The lads then spent a few days on a Greek Coast Guard ship, the place they have been reportedly severely crushed whereas their cash and cell phones have been “confiscated,” in accordance with the Turkish assertion. Additionally they printed a video exhibiting a Turkish vessel rescuing the male a part of the group, with the migrants exhibiting accidents and scars they allegedly acquired by the hands of the Greek Coast Guard.
Greek officers, together with Mitarachi, are but to answer Soylu’s claims.
Athens has beforehand denied such accusations and maintained it observes worldwide human rights. Greece additionally shot again at Turkey on a number of events by saying it was the Turkish Coast Guard that “pushed” migrant boats into the Greek waters.
Relations between the 2 neighbors which have traditionally been fairly strained have turn into notably tense over latest months when Ankara and Athens locked horns over Turkey’s gasoline exploration efforts within the Japanese Mediterranean. Turkey maintains it’s drilling for hydrocarbons in waters by itself continental shelf or in areas the place Turkish Cypriots supported by Ankara have rights.
The EU can be involved that encouraging refugees and migrants to cross the border from Turkey into Greece could be a part of Turkey’s “strain” technique towards Europe. Nonetheless, Brussels hopes for “accountable cooperation” with Ankara on the difficulty, because the European Council President Charles Michel put it only a day earlier than the Turkish assertion was printed.
Turkey at present holds the biggest refugee inhabitants on this planet, with the federal government estimating that there are 2.23 million registered Syrians beneath Non permanent Safety (SuTPs), who’ve been displaced by the civil battle. But, the nation can be apparently used as a hub by individuals from different components of the world in search of safety in Europe.
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