Turkey suspects EU's hidden intention in Greece-Bulgaria walls

Greece's and Bulgaria's plan to build a fence along the Turkish border is widely perceived as EU's hidden intention to build a wall to mark its borders.

Turkey suspects EU's hidden intention in Greece-Bulgaria walls

Greece's and Bulgaria's plan to build a fence along the Turkish border, has drawn criticism in Turkey as it is widely perceived as EU's hidden intention to build a wall to mark its borders.

Chairman of Turkish Center for International Relations and Strategic Analysis, Sinan Ogan, says Greece's and Bulgaria's intention to build a fence along the Turkish border had a hidden agenda.

"Greece, under the pretext of of illegal migration, and Bulgaria, under the pretext of taking measures against foot and mouth disease, are practically building a wall between Turkey and Europe," says Ogan.

Ogan argues that fence building plan was similar to the Berlin Wall or Israel's West Bank barrier.

"European Union is drawing a line to the Turkish border, over Greece and Bulgaria. A line between the worlds of Christianity and Islam. This can't be taken lightly," warns Ogan.

Mustafa Yardimci, a board member at Turkey's Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges and chairman of the Executive Board of Edirne Commodity Exchange, said he did
not believe Bulgaria could build a fence along its border with Turkey as it would be extremely costly and fail to prevent animals from crossing the border.

"Our region is free of the foot and mouth disease. And besides even if they build a fence the animals will find an opening and cross the border. I don't see why they would put forth such a thing," said Yardimci.

Deputy chairman of Edirne Commodity Exchange, Serdar Yalciner, said the fence building plan was an EU attempt to mark its borders, noting that Thrace was free of foot and mouth disease.

"Bulgaria wants to build a 143-km long fence along the border with Turkey under the pretext of foot and mouth disease. It is asking EU to pay for the costs. It means the EU is building a 'Berlin Wall' along our borders. Let's say they managed to stop boars with a fence, what about birds and moles. EU is marking its borders," argues Yalciner.

Greece's Citizen Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis announced a few weeks ago that the Greek government was planning to construct a fence along the 206-kilometer border with Turkey to stem the flow of nearly 11 thousand refugees each year.


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karlı
karlı - 10 yıl Before

I'm from Turkey, we don't care whether EU builds a wall or not. Greeks will waste their money on a stupid wall project.