Turkish PM says justice system ‘will do what it must’ over Greek soldiers

TAGS: Diplomacy, Turkey

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Wednesday said that the “justice system will do what it must” in regards to the arrest last week of two Greek soldiers who accidentally strayed across Turkey’s border and suggested that Greece must regard the incident as “a serious diplomatic issue in order to have conveyed it to the European Union.”

“It has become a habit [for Greece] to take any issue it has with Turkey to the EU to ask for its support,” Yildirim said during a visit to the breakway north of Cyprus. “Our relationship with the EU will neither advance nor deteriorate because of such actions.”

The Turkish prime minister also reiterated calls for the arrest of two people seen burning a Turkish flag at a rally on Monday organized by far-right party Golden Dawn in protest at the detention of the two Greek soldiers.

“Our flag is our honor. We cannot tolerate any attack on it,” Yildirim said. “We want the Aegean to be a sea of friendship and such provocation does no good.”