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Greece’s ambassador to Turkey summoned over PKK concerns

ISTANBUL – According to the state-run Anadolu Agency, the Greek ambassador to Turkey has been summoned to the foreign ministry over concerns about the activities of the banned Kurdish Workers’ Party in his country.

Turkish officials complained to Ambassador Christodoulos Lazaris about the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which carries out propaganda, funding and recruitment in Greece, Anadolu reported late Friday, citing diplomatic sources.

They also expressed concern about a recent demonstration by suspected PKK supporters near the Turkish embassy in Athens and the safety of Turkish nationals in Greece.

The PKK has waged a 38-year insurgency against Turkey that has left tens of thousands dead. It is classified as a terrorist organization by the US and the European Union.

The activities of groups in Sweden and Finland that Turkey considers terrorists are one of them Turkey’s main objections to the Nordic countries joining NATO. Ankara’s concerns threaten to halt their bid to join the following alliance Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Turkey and Greece are divided on a number of issues including maritime borders in the Mediterranean and Aegean.

On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara had done so broken up by high-level talks with Athens. The mechanism for resolving disputes between the traditional rivals resumed last year after a five-year hiatus.

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