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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-04

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  • [01] Report: Turk patrol ferried illegals

  • [01] Report: Turk patrol ferried illegals

    Greece's coast guard on Thursday charged that a Turkish patrol boat attempted to disembark roughly 20 suspected illegal immigrants on a remote beach in the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, an unprecedented incident that comes amid a wave of illegal migrants attempting to reach Greek islands and territories from neighbouring Turkey over the recent period.

    According to an official report, the clearly identified Turkish coast guard vessel was spotted in Greek territorial waters early Thursday morning northeast of the "Palios" region of Lesvos. When the crew of the Turkish vessel became aware of an approaching Greek coast guard patrol boat it reversed course and sped away towards the Turkish coast.

    The incident marks the first time that coast guard authorities have directly cited involvement by Turkish vessel in the ferrying of mostly Third World migrants onto Greek and EU territory, although Athens has repeatedly and actively called on the neighbouring country to exercise a tighter control of its sea lanes and to especially honour a bilateral agreement for the re-admittance of illegal migrants passing from Turkey to Greece and vice versa.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo.

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