Greek, Bulgarian Fences along Turkish Border Draw Criticism

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By H?rriyet Daily News.

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

Turkish Center for International Relations and Strategic Analysis Chairman Sinan O?an said Greece and Bulgaria's intention to build a fence along the Turkish border had a hidden agenda. "Greece, under the pretext 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," said O?an.

O?an said that fence-building plan was similar to the Berlin Wall or Israel's West Bank barrier. "The 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," warned O?an.

Mustafa Yard?mc?, a board member at Turkey's Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges, or TOBB, and board chairman of the 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 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 Yard?mc?.

Edirne Commodity Exchange Deputy Chairman Serdar Yal??ner 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-kilometer fence along the border with Turkey under the pretext of foot and mouth disease. It is asking the 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? The EU is marking its borders," said Yal??ner.

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 11,000 illegal migrants each year.

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Dino the Athenian - 23 Jan 2011 // 04:02:43

We are at the crossroads then?

Nellieherself - 23 Jan 2011 // 03:15:37


Nothing, not a peep on any tax evaders bank accounts. But I read the Wall Street Journal, so they wouldn't publish anything coming from Wikileaks. lol

Dino the Athenian - 23 Jan 2011 // 02:39:12


Changing the subject. You said once that your daughter was in Wall Street.

Do you guys hear anything about the Wikilekas info on 2000 bank accounts to be released? Check under the label " news" here:

Nellieherself - 23 Jan 2011 // 02:32:57


Oh, please! Cry me a river! If they don't like it, they shouldn't bother going to Greece. They should stay in their squat toilets.

Dino the Athenian - 23 Jan 2011 // 02:09:21

And things have become progressively worse, since the time of this report. More than 90% of illegals into the EU come through the land border with Turkey:

Dino the Athenian - 23 Jan 2011 // 01:56:17

and of course there is a very sad, human side too:

Dino the Athenian - 23 Jan 2011 // 01:48:03


This will give you an idea about the problem:

Nellieherself - 23 Jan 2011 // 01:46:05


Seriously, I have 3 words for the Greek border guards: SHOOT TO KILL

Nellieherself - 23 Jan 2011 // 01:44:31


Its your imagination. The a** is under the tail and there is nothing coming out from under the tail. Unless it is Pan's big black schlong...

Dino the Athenian - 23 Jan 2011 // 01:43:16

I know, I know Nellie.

There must be something wrong with us. The estimated number of illegals in Greece is 1.5 Million, or about 14% of the total population.

Nellieherself - 23 Jan 2011 // 01:38:36


"Greece is responsible for their asylum applications as the EU country of first entry--a situation neither the Greeks nor the immigrants like."

What's the matter with you people in Greece? You should roll out the welcome mats for these Muslim brothers, build them a few mosques...

Nellieherself - 23 Jan 2011 // 01:22:26


From the WSJ article:

"And while Turkish fighting camels may be even bigger and hairier than their Arab cousins, to their fans, they are beauty incarnate."

"Some camels will stop, open their back legs and wave their tail, or cock their head back and moan"

Dino the Athenian - 23 Jan 2011 // 01:20:14


Just in case anyone thinks that this issue is trivial. Staight from the US diplomatic cables:

Nellieherself - 23 Jan 2011 // 00:58:17

The fences are necessary. Anyone seen climbing the fence should be shot and killed. Border guards should shoot to kill. When you don't have illegal aliens, you don't have a refugee problem.

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