A file photo from Greek island of Mytilene. DHA Photo
The Greek island of Ikaria has demanded to join Austria
on the grounds that a 1912 agreement to join Greece out of fear of an Italian
invasion has now expired, allowing it to seek independence, daily Vatan
The island, which is famous as a stronghold of the
radical Greek left, has routinely criticized the central government for
forgetting about the island for years, Italian daily Libero reported.
"We are tired of Greece's attitude. We want
independence," an activist from the island said.
Because independence would be difficult, however, the
activists would prefer the island to join Austria as it is one of the richest
countries in Europe, according to reports.
The activists also said they did not want to join Turkey,
which is 60 kilometers to the east, according to reports.
If Austria ever agreed to accept Ikaria, Vienna would be
forced to take on Ikaria’s 250 million-euro share of Greece’s debt.
The Greek Embassy in Vienna has said surrendering Ikaria
is out of question, noting that the 1923 Lausanne Treaty gave Greece the
Austria has not commented on the matter.