Greek ambassador to Turkey summoned over PKK concerns

ISTANBUL (AP) — Greece’s ambassador to Turkey has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry over concerns about the activities of the banned Kurdish Workers’ Party in his country, according to the official Anadolu news agency.

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

They also raised concerns about a recent protest held near the Turkish Embassy in Athens by suspected PKK supporters and the safety of Turkish nationals in Greece.

The PKK led a 38-year insurgency against Turkey that left tens of thousands dead. It is designated a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.

The activities of groups in Sweden and Finland that Turkey considers to be terrorists are one of Turkey’s main objections to Nordic states joining NATO. Ankara concerns threaten to delay their bid to join the alliance after Russia invades Ukraine.

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

On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara broke off high-level talks with Athens. The mechanism for resolving disputes between traditional rivals resumed last year after a five-year hiatus.

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