Mitsotakis to NATO SG: Greece condemns border violations in northern Syria; warns of renewed migration crisis

Thursday, 10 Oct 2019 21:30 UPD: 21:34

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis reiterated Athens' condemnation of any border violations and treaties, during talks in the Greek capital on Thursday evening with visiting NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, a direct reference to the Turkish military incursions into the heavily Kurdish-populated and controlled areas of northern Syria this week.

Mitsotakis called for the international community and NATO to press for cease fire in order to avoid a further escalation of warfare in the Middle East and to avoid new refugees flows crossing Turkey to try to enter the EU -- i.e. Greece, in the first stage.

Mitsotakis, roughly three months after winning a general election and forming a majority government, has faced a resurging migration crisis in the eastern Aegean, with people-smugglers operating from Turkey again ferrying over third country nationals onto a handful of Greek isles.

Among others, he referred events leading to a "violent" change in demographics in northern Syria and a violations of international law, "ones which are reminiscent of historical memories that are incompatible with modern civilization".


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