Turkish defense minister says Greece should demilitarize islands
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar claimed on Saturday that Greece is violating international law by "arming" islands in the Aegean and called on his Greek counterpart to demilitarize them, according to statements given to state-run news agency Anadolu earlier in the day.
"Greece violates international law, treaties by arming Aegean islands, which are under demilitarized status," he was quoted as telling Anadolu. "The demilitarized status of these islands should be protected and continued."
He said Greek Defense Minister Evangelos Apostolakis should "take necessary measures" on this issue as part of "sincere, constructive and good bilateral relations."
Responding to Akar, the Greek foreign ministry's spokesperson Alexandros Gennimatas rejected the call, saying Greece is exercising its rights according to international law.
"The raising of such issues by the...