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Without Proof, Turkey again Says Greece Harboring Terrorists

April 11, 2021

ANKARA – After humiliating European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Ankara, not offering her a chair, Turkey is again accusing Greece of protecting terrorists but didn’t offer any evidence backing it up.

Turkey’s Communications Director Fahretten Altun had tweeted that,  “Greece harbors terrorist organizations, including PKK,” a reference to the Kurdistan Workers Party.

“From a supposed refugee camp inside the EU, the terrorists plot attacks (incl. suicide bombings) against Turkey, a NATO ally – just as actual refugees are left for dead in the Aegean. It’s time to end Greece’s impunity!” he said.

With Greece and Turkey having held two rounds of informal chit-chat sessions that were non-binding but talking about competing claims to the seas around Greek islands, Greece’s Foreign Ministry swiftly reacted.

“We categorically reject any attempt to tarnish Greece’s image through the propagation of unacceptable lies,” the ministry said in a statement with Turkey alternating being playing nice and tough.

The Jerusalem Post said that Turkey threatened Greece and said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “has long used mythical accusations of ‘terrorism’ to justify invasions, bombing, ethnic-cleansing and imprisoning people, including dissidents and students at home.”

While the tweet came from Altun, he is at the bidding of Erdogan who government officials to take shots at his perceived enemies, critics have said, especially Turkey’s assertions Greece has provided safe haven to supporters of exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Erdogan said was behind a failed 2016 coup attempt.

Turkey’s reference here though was to the PKK which hasn’t conducted any attacks in Turkey for years, no reason given by Altun spoke up now about it.

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