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Turkey, Greece condemn attack on Turkish cemetery March 31, 2011

Posted by Yilan in Human rights abuses, Turkey, Yunanistan.
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Both Ankara and Athens this weekend strongly condemned an attack on a Turkish cemetery in Athens on Friday, the 190th anniversary of Greek independence from the Ottoman Empire.

In a statement released on Friday, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticized the incident at the Turkish cemetery in Athens’ Piraeus port, pointing to the timing of the “ugly attack.”

Ultranationalist Greeks supposedly dumped paint on the grave markers of Turkish martyrs and wrote racist, anti-Turkish slogans on them early on Friday, which was the 190th anniversary of Greek independence from the Ottomans in 1821.

The statement said that Turkey hopes the efforts of those disturbed by the improvement of Turkish-Greek relations and the rapprochement of the two peoples will be in vain. It also urged Greek authorities to find the perpetrators, who “attack the most fundamental and indispensible values of humanity” and bring them to justice.

Greek government spokesman George Petalotis also strongly condemned the attack in a written statement on Saturday and said “the ugly attack” against the fallen is also against the history and civilization of his country, adding that these provocations will not succeed because society stands against them.

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