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Statement Of The Spokesman Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Of Turkey In Response To A Question , 04.08.2009

Question: There are news that some Turkish journalists detained on 4 August 2009 by the Greek Coast Guard authorities while attempting to take photographs near the island of Castellorizo. We would appreciate additional information in this regard.

Answer: This is not the case actually. The detainment or arrest of the Turkish journalists by the Greek authorities is out of discussion. According to the information obtained from our relevant authorities, some Turkish journalists who wanted to take photographs near the island of Castellorizo were stopped and enquired about their intent by the Greek Coast Guard authorities. They returned to Kaş after the contacts conducted between the Turkish and Greek Coast Guard boats in the region.

Our Ministry has also made necessary representations in this regard.