Photo obtained from social media shows Greek special forces landing on the Island of Kos
The Foreign Ministry warned Greece on Friday against its military activities on the Aegean island of Kos.
In a written statement, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hüseyin Müftüoğlu urged Greek authorities to observe international laws.
“According to the Paris Agreement in 1947, any kind of military activities were forbidden on the island of Kos, which was abandoned to Greece by Italy. Thus, a military drill on the island is a clear violation of international law. We call on our neighbor Greece to give up any arbitrary step contrary to international law that could create tensions.”
He added that Ankara would take all legal actions to defend its political and lawful rights over the Aegean Sea.
On Thursday, some Greek media outlets reported that Greek paratroopers landed on Kos, an action that violated the Paris Peace Treaty that prohibits all military activities on the island.
Kos is part of the Dodecanese chain of islands, placed under demilitarization as part of a peace accord after World War II when Italy ceded them to Greece. The island is located some five kilometers south of the Bodrum peninsula located in Turkish mainland.
On Sunday, Turkish Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar paid a surprise visit to neighboring Kardak islets.
Turkish-Greek relations have been strained since a Greek court’s refusal to extradite eight Turkish officers who fled in a military helicopter following the failed July 15 coup attempt.