Provocation or honest mistake? Turkey sends Greece senior official with “Northern Cyprus” stamp on passport

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Turkish police official experts arrive at Mytilini port on Lesvos island, Greece, 21 March 2016. The agreement between the European Union (EU) and Turkey on sending all illegal migrants arriving in Greece back to Turkey, came into force a day earlier. Illegal migrants arriving on Greek shores will be registered and their asylum applications treated on a case by case by the Greek authorities, according to the EU Asylum Procedures Directive and in cooperation with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Premiere with problems for the arrival of the first 25 Turkish officials on the Greek islands, as occupied “Northern Cyprus” stamp on Greek passport causes unrest.


25 Turkish liaison officers arrived at the five hotspots on the Greek islands on Sunday to oversee the implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement on refugee flows.

The agreement envisions reversing the flow of refugees from Greece to Turkey. In adherence with the provisions of the agreement, the five first refugees left Athens for Turkey on Monday.
All 25 Turkish liaison officers are senior Interior Ministry public officers. Officers will be scattered on the islands of the Eastern Mediterrane...


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