Athens takes steps to remove Turkish forces from illegally occupied Greek territory

Athens has taken diplomatic steps towards Turkey following an order from Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on the issue that has arisen in a part of southern Evros, where Turkish forces are occupying sovereign Greek land, according to diplomatic sources cited by Kathimerini.

On Thursday, Turkish soldiers and police special forces made a permanent presence within Greek territory and camped in the pocket of Apiary at Feres to enhance their presence, as reported by the Greek City Times.

The occupation is at South Evros, Meliskokeio, which is located in a place that floods every year after autumn.

Maps dating from as far back as 1923 clearly show that the area belongs to Greece.

The riverbed has moved with a swamp now in its place which dries up in summer and floods in winter, creating an islet there. Turkey is taking advantage of this seasonal change to the riverbed to claim an area of about 16 acres.

The incursion comes against a backdrop of rising tensions in the area: in March Turkey encouraged tens of thousands of asylum-seekers to travel to the border with Greece in the hope of crossing into the European Union.

Turkish police fired tear gas at Greek forces at regular intervals, and Athens accused Turkish police of handing out wire cutters to migrants to help them break through the fence.

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