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A file photo from Greek island of Mytilene. DHA Photo
The Greek island of Ikaria has demanded to join Austriaon the grounds that a 1912 agreement to join Greece out of fear of an Italianinvasion has now expired, allowing it to seek independence, daily Vatanreported today.
The island, which is famous as a stronghold of theradical Greek left, has routinely criticized the central government forforgetting about the island for years, Italian daily Libero reported.
"We are tired of Greece's attitude. We wantindependence," an activist from the island said.
Because independence would be difficult, however, theactivists would prefer the island to join Austria as it is one of the richestcountries 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 beforced to take on Ikaria’s 250 million-euro share of Greece’s debt.
The Greek Embassy in Vienna has said surrendering Ikariais out of question, noting that the 1923 Lausanne Treaty gave Greece theisland.
Austria has not commented on the matter.
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