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EC raps Turks over Aegean

A European Commission report to be made public today makes an unprecedented reference to Turkish violations of Greek air space, sources in Brussels have told Kathimerini. The document reportedly mentions «Greek complaints about continuing Turkish violations in the Aegean» which it describes, for the first time, as a «threat.» The document is also said to include a more detailed reference to the problems of the Istanbul-based Patriarchate in light of a recent Turkish court ruling disputing Patriarch Vartholomaios’s ecumenical status. On Cyprus, the report makes a note of Ankara’s failure to honor a July 2006 agreement between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. It also refers to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) which, it says, should avoid provocative moves such as naming Skopje’s airport after Alexander the Great.