EU COMMISSION QUESTIONS GREECE ON USE OF SOUND CANNONS ON THE BORDER WITH TURKEY


10/06/2021




Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- The European Union (EU) has described the deafeningly loud sound cannon that the Greek government has placed at its border with Turkey to block migrants as a "bizarre method."

The Greek government defended the practice.

At a press conference following talks in Brussels between Ylva Johansson, the European Union (EU) Commissioner for internal affairs, and Greece's Minister for Migration and Asylum, Notis Mitarakis, a disagreement between the two over the "sound cannon" deployed by the Greek border security agencies to the Turkish border, which has been tested in recent weeks, was discussed.

"We didn't talk about it today," Johansson said when asked if the sound cannon had been discussed in the meeting. “In my view, this is a strange way to protect your borders," he said.

"This can protect EU borders without endangering anyone," Mitarakis said, arguing that they could use technologies that do not violate international law.

Asked whether Greece had violated EU law by using a sound cannon, Mitarakis said, "I will not talk about operational issues that will affect the Greek police. It is important to exclude these operational matters from information that will fall into the hands of human traffickers. The police should do what they do using their own methods. Here's the thing. That's not weird. Here's the thing. Everything has to be effective and within EU legislation."


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