Border cooperation

The Turkish coast guard yesterday escorted a yacht carrying 42 illegal immigrants back to the Turkish port of Bodrum, after receiving a request from a Greek coast guard patrol boat that saw the yacht heading for Greek waters, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. The yacht’s captain reportedly told the authorities he was British. Merchant Marine Minister Giorgos Anomeritis said he was pleased at how the two countries’ authorities had cooperated to curb illegal immigration in accordance with a protocol signed recently.