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Parliamentary questions
17 February 2011
E-001315/2011
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Niki Tzavela (EFD)

 Subject: Protecting Europe's southern borders
 Answer(s) 

According to an article that appeared in the Kathimerini newspaper, another classified document published on WikiLeaks has revealed that in December 2004 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared that he did not control the Turkish army and was therefore unable to intervene to stop violations of Greek airspace by Turkish fighter jets over the Aegean.

However, at the beginning of the last decade, as the information about Operation Sledgehammer has revealed, senior officers of the Turkish armed forces drew up plans, which focused on provoking an armed clash with Greece, aimed at creating internal instability in Turkey and triggering a military coup, leading to the overthrow Erdoğan's government .

In addition, the documents found and seized reveal that, apart from the plan to provoke a land incident in Evros or, alternatively, to have a Turkish military aircraft shot down by the Turkish armed forces themselves, Operation Sledgehammer also had a maritime dimension, initially targeting Leros or, alternatively, Inousses and Fourni.

In view of the above, will the Commission say:

1. What official information does it have about the above?
2. Although there have undoubtedly been considerable changes in the balance of power between the military establishment and political power in Greece's neighbour, Turkey, how does it intend to protect Europe's southern borders from any threat of a casus belli?

Original language of question: ELOJ C 286 E, 30/09/2011
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