German journalists 'arrested at Greek-Turkish border'

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2018

After being held against their well in Turkey since the beginning of March, thousands of people in northeastern Greece took to the streets calling for the return of two Greek soldiers. "We now have a dispute with Turkey, where two Greek citizens are imprisoned, an officer and a non-commissioned officer, and we take this opportunity to call for Romania's support to intervene with the Turkish authorities to set them free", Panos Kammenons told a joint press conference with Mihai Fifor.

They told prosecutors they had entered through a border crossing after getting lost in fog.

Two German journalists were arrested at the Greek border with Turkey on Friday after allegedly entering a restricted area, local police said.

Last week, Turkish troops arrested two Greek soldiers in the same area.

Relations between Ankara and Athens are tense over a number of issues including gas reserves in the Mediterranean.

"Constant" diplomatic efforts were under way to get the soldiers home, Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos was quoted on March 11 by the Greek news agency ANA as saying.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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