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Parliamentary questions
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6 March 2018
Question for written answer P-001391-18
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Dimitrios Papadimoulis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Arrest of Greek soldiers on the river Evros
 Answer in writing 

On Thursday, 1 March 2018, a Greek military patrol consisting of two Greek soldiers was taking part in a routine patrol in the border area of the forest of Kastanies on the river Evros when it got lost due to adverse weather conditions. It was then reportedly located and arrested by a Turkish patrol on Turkish soil.

From the very outset, the Greek authorities have been in contact with their Turkish counterparts to resolve the issue, in line with long-established mutual arrangements between the two military administrations.

However, the Turkish authorities have so far been attempting to turn a routine case on the Greek-Turkish border into a major political issue, being obstructive and seeking to exacerbate bilateral relations between Greece and Turkey, as well as Euro-Turkish relations, since the Greek-Turkish borders are also the external borders of the European Union.

In view of the above, will VP/HR Mogherini say:

1. What initiatives will she take to contribute to a swift settlement of the issue and the return of the Greek soldiers?
2. How does she intend to make it clear to the Turkish authorities that international law must be respected by all parties and cannot be implemented à la carte?

Original language of question: EL 
Dernière mise à jour: 8 mars 2018Avis juridique