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Turkey has voiced its disappointment after a publication from senior Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) figure Murat Karayılan was promoted in Athens on Nov. 28 and displayed at the Greek Defense Ministry’s War Museum.

In a statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Nov. 30, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu personally conveyed his unease over the incident during a telephone conversation with his Greek counterpart, Dimitris Avramopoulos, on Nov. 29.

The incident “has formed an extremely unfortunate development in regards to cooperation in the field of fighting terrorism,” the ministry said.

“This incident is also worrying as it showed that some circles who are annoyed with the improvement of the Turkish-Greek friendship are still active,” it said, warning that giving the outlawed PKK opportunities to promote “terrorism propaganda” was not in line with international agreements, as the PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by both the European Union and NATO.

During the telephone conversation with Davutoğlu, Avramopoulos denied press reports suggesting that the Greek government tolerated the incident and said action would be taken concerning officials responsible in the Greek Defense Ministry War Museum.

“Our will to further our cooperation with Greece, which has improved in many fields in recent periods, is continuing,” the ministry said, stressing the importance it attached to friendship with Greece as a neighbor and an ally.

“It is believed that relations between our countries can been carried to a much further point if this goodwill continues to be mutually displayed,” it said.

Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry condemns museum’s PKK book promotion

The Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry released a statement Nov. 29 condemning the presentation of a book written by Murat Karayılan, a leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), at the venue hosting the Defense Ministry's War Museum.
 
“Greece condemns all forms of terrorism unequivocally. This is also the position of the European Union as a whole, as a matter of principle and as concerns the PKK organization,” the statement said.
 
The statement went on to claim the book had been included in the event “without the knowledge of the authorities responsible.”
 
“The Ministry of Defense held an inquiry on the matter and those responsible were held accountable,” the statement said.
 
An advertisement promo of the book entitled, “The Anatomy of a War,” was placed in the War Museum of the Greek Ministry of Defense following its release in Greek.

November/30/2012

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Chris Tahos

12/3/2012 12:22:44 PM

@ Mr who.Do you mean the ones who recently prohibited all turkish TV series from their state television, in order to avoid any contact with turkish culture? Try elsewhere...

Adam Polk

11/30/2012 11:42:23 PM

then they ask for sympathy...

mr who

11/30/2012 11:21:21 PM

Why can’t turkey sponsor a free Macedonian movement a beautiful race of people with elite commando training as Greece is falling apart now is the time to move in.

DutchTurk JANICAR

11/30/2012 9:12:23 PM

This is why i love Topal Osman and am a member of the Topal Osman Turkish Youth Federation of Rotterdam :D I wish for a peaceful settlement in the disputed region of Western Thrace. To summarize Greece of 2012, broke but still a hater. My advice for Turkey of 2012, wait for the right moment, because waiting makes there paranoia even worse.

kerem atan

11/30/2012 8:06:26 PM

indeed theres no point in thanking greece. greece used to harbor the pkk terrorists and kept supporting them overtly or covertly.peope should remember öcalan was holding greek cypriot passport when he was caught.i dont reckon greeks might back pkk any more since they are dealing with their own problems or afford to buy more weapons to compete with Turkey.maybe they still spend bailout money on arms :))

mike alexander

11/30/2012 7:22:52 PM

Tekion Particle, If your Government stops supporting terrorists like Tsetsens, Hamas, and Al Kaida, now in Syria, probably the EU countries, and my country the US, will give you more support (i.e. the Patriots), my friend. You CANNOT have both ways ! You just have to get it, Mr Erdogan and Davodoglu are NO GOOD for the Turkish people who are wonderful people as far as I know here in the States. If they continue the way they go they will convert you to an Iranian State.

Turk Uzan

11/30/2012 5:33:37 PM

Why are you people thanking Greece? How can the Greek war museum promote books of terrorist leaders without the knowledge of dozens of officials involved. Fact of the matter is, a large proportion of Greeks is extremely hostile and biased towards Turks and Turkey (evident from the many posts our neighbors leave on HDN) The Greek army still marching to tunes describing Turks in the most racist ways and as their enemy. There is NOTHING to thank for, we accept/tolerate their apology that's it ..

dogan kemal ileri

11/30/2012 5:20:02 PM

Greece has been backing the PKK terrorists all the time and even trained the terrorists in Greek bases,and remember Ocalan was captured as he was leaving the Greek embassy in Kenya too.We know only too well what Greece is made of.But unfortunately they are not unique because several other European nations covertly support the PKK.Suffice it to say Turkiye keep their friends close but their enemies even closer.What goes around comes around.

Tekion Particle

11/30/2012 4:17:24 PM

@Mike you are talking but not making any sense. PKK is listed as terrorist organisation by European Union. Last time I checked Greece was still a member of that Union. Furthermore, you are straying from the subject.

mike alexander

11/30/2012 3:06:29 PM

Mr Davodoglu, Greece is a Democracy. The Greeks do not paint as terrorist whom ever they do not like ! Just try to makeJUST A friend in your neighborhood so you have some influence in their decisions in the future, and do not threat neighbors with causes belly, violations of their sea and air boarders when ever you feel like ! In other words, please become a commonsense diplomat for the shake of the neighborhood.
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