Ankara blasts Athens over blame for naked migrants found on Greek-Turkish border
Ankara on Monday blasted Athens over charges that Turkey attempted to force into Greece 92 migrants, who were found with injuries and stripped of most of their clothing between the neighboring countries’ borders on Saturday.
Greece on Sunday accused Turkey of “instrumentalizing illegal immigration” after the migrants, who attempted to enter Greece through the Evros river, were found under “inhuman image,” Agence France-Presse (AFP) cited the Greek Civil Protection Ministry as saying.
Migrants are among the string of ongoing sources of tension between Turkey and Greece. Ankara has frequently blamed Greece of engaging in violent and unlawful pushbacks against refugees, saying the acts are a crime against humanity, a charge Athens denies.
Greece “altered the coordinates of the incident,” so as to place the blame on Turkey, T24 news site cited Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu as saying on Monday.
"Only Greece could succeed at appearing to be in the right when they are most unjust,’’ he added, calling the neighbouring country "heedless.’’
On Saturday, Turkish Deputy Minister of Interior Ismail Çataklı denied his country’s involvement in the incident, saying Greece sough “to expose the image of your own cruelty as if Turkey did it,” in a Twitter post.
The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) on Monday said was “deeply distressed by the shocking reports and images” of 92 people found at the Greek-Turkish land border.
“We condemn such cruel and degrading treatment and call for a full investigation into this incident,” the UNHCR said on Twitter on Sunday.
The UN refugee agency is demanding an urgent investigation into the incident, the Guardian reported on Monday.