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HE WANTS THE 8 TURKISH SOLDIERS SO HE CAN EXECUTE THEM!
Erdogan’s "offer" rejected
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday called for peace and cooperation provided that Greece agrees to exchange the eight Turkish servicemen who sought asylum in Greece, with the two Greek soldiers who were abducted by Turkey recently on the Greek border.
According to Anadolu Agency, Erdogan spoke on Turkey’s NTV television saying, "They asked us to give the two Greek soldiers back. And we told them there are eight soldiers who tried to make a coup. First, you have to give them to us. If you give them to us then we can put the others on the table. Because they crossed the border."
At the same time, the Turkish president made a "gesture of friendship" towards Greece, acknowledging the issue of the persecution of Greeks living in Turkey saying mistakes had been made by both sides..
The eight Turkish servicemen were granted asylum by Greece’s Supreme Court on the grounds that they will not have a fair trial in Turkey and they are likely to be tortured as they are branded as "traitors" in Turkey. Μost likely they will be executed.
On March 1, two Greek soldiers were abducted illegally on the Greek/Turkish border by the Turkish army. They are in jail in Edirne without having charges pressed against them. Since the abduction of the two Greek soldiers, Turkey repeatedly demands their extradition.
"Regarding to reports of an exchange, or the equation of the issue of the two Greek soldiers with other issues, we emphasize once again that it is unacceptable and therefore rejected," the Maximos Mansion official statement said.
"From the Turkish president’s statements yesterday we keep the positive elements: his shift towards peace in the Aegean and the support for dialogue between the two countries on important sectors, among which is security," it said.
The statement also said that in par with president Erdogan’s statement, Turkey’s provocations in the Aegean should stop.
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