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Turkish frigate 'Gediz' is seen at the Gölcük Naval Base in Turkey. DHA photo

Turkish frigate 'Gediz' is seen at the Gölcük Naval Base in Turkey. DHA photo

Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party presented its first Parliamentary question, asking why a Turkish warship did not fly the Greek flag during a visit to the port of Piraeus. 
 
Golden Dawn deputies Nikolaus Kuzilos and Yiannis Lagos presented the question to Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, Yorgo Kırbaki of daily Hürriyet reported today. 
 
The deputies asked why the Turkish frigate "Gediz" did not fly the Greek flag when it made a port call at Piraeus during a NATO visit on July 10. "Two warships – one French and one German – which were part of the NATO force, both flew the Greek flag when they docked at Piraeus. The Turkish frigate did not follow suit," the question presented by Golden Dawn stated.
 
Golden Dawn claimed that the incident was covered up to prevent a diplomatic confrontation with Turkey and asked what the Greek Foreign Ministry had done to counter the "provocation" by the Turkish warship. The party also asked "what plans the Greek foreign ministry had prepared to prevent a similar incident from taking place again."
 
Hürriyet has learned that Greece and Turkey share the practice of not flying each others' flags when their warships visit a port belonging to the other country.

July/16/2012

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