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Turkey says will not allow 'fait accompli' on Greek border

Published May 23,2020

Turkey on Saturday said it would not allow any "fait accompli" on its border with Greece after Athens complained to Ankara in a dispute over the exact boundary of the Evros river that divides the two countries.

Ankara has informed Greece that the riverbed "has significantly changed due to natural and artificial reasons" since 1926 when the border was established and that technical coordination was needed for a solution, the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said the dispute could be resolved through talks between the two countries' technical delegations -- a proposal Ankara had offered to Athens.

"We will by no means allow any fait accompli on our borders," the ministry warned.