Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Frontex Mission Documents Turkish Moves on Illegal Immigration


A Latvian helicopter patrolling the Eastern Aegean against illegal immigration captured images of an inflatable boat carrying 24 illegal immigrants while a Turkish Coast Guard vessle following the boat did nothing to intervene. The immigrants were on their way to Farmakonisi island having set off from the Turkish coast.
The Latvian helicopter (registration YL-HMK) is part of Frontex, a European Union initiative to use common EU member state means to combat illegal immigration to the EU.
The Greek Ministery of Foreign Affairs notified EU member states of the event. This event is seen as evidence of Turkey turning a blind eye, even helping, illegal immigrants enter Greece.
It is reported that while the Frontex helicopter was identifying the vessels a Turkish radar station on the opposite coast sent out a broadcast that the heliccopter was flying in Turkish airspace, which was not the case.
For the original article in Greek see:

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