The Hellenic country will present the incident to the UN
Greece will show the UN the appearance of 92 migrants left naked and in the open on the border with Turkey. They were rescued by the Greek authorities along with Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard.
The first to sound the alarm was Greek Minister of Migration and Asylum, Notis Mitarakis, on Twitter this Saturday, who posted a pixelated photo showing dozens of naked migrants “rescued” by the Evros River, which forms the natural border between the two countries. Mitakaris denounced “the disgrace to civilization” which he believes is the actions of the Turkish authorities.
“Turkey is in a difficult position because of the incident involving the 92 migrants in Evros. Unfortunately, they were treated humiliatingly. I have asked and will see the President of the UN General Assembly in New York, I have informed the Commission and I will show them photos and videos,” Mitarakis said on his Twitter account.
Athens denounced that Turkey transported the migrants on Friday in three vehicles, which Frontex said entered the territory of the European Union using pneumatic rafts. Some of them suffered “injuries” when intercepted by Greek border patrols and Frontex, according to Reuters. But it is not clear when and under what circumstances they were completely stripped of their clothes and shoes.
Turkey, for its part, accused the Greek minister, through the communications director of the Ankara government, of “sharing hoaxes”. On Monday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu recalled that “four drowned” in the past week and alluded to “those who pierce the immigrants’ rafts with spears so that they are shipwrecked”, before to denounce ‘frontex complicity’.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is “deeply appalled by the information and images” and has added “condemnation of this cruel and degrading treatment”. UNHCR has also called for a “thorough investigation”.
The accusation exchange comes at a time when tensions between the two neighbors are high, with the two involved in mutual accusations of airspace violations and Turkey accuses Greece of militarizing islands in the Aegean Sea in violation of treaties and threatening with possible military action.
Source: La Verdad
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