Greece-Salonika blog reports today that the Greek side is pleasantly surprised at the results of the recent visit of Turkey’s Coast Guard Chief. It seems that the communication channels opened during this visit have had some positive results. In at least two instances, to the surprise of the Greek authorities, the Coast Guard of neighbouring Turkey responded positively to a request to take into custody groups of illegal immigrants that entered Greek waters, having set out from the Turkish coast.
There are agreements in place for exactly this but so far Turkey has not put them into practice. These two cases by themselves will not solve the huge problem from illegal immigration from Turkish shores but at least it is a step in the right direction.