PACE invites Turkey to take a ‘positive attitude’ to ethnic Greeks still living on Aegean islands

The Assembly has invited Turkey to take a “positive attitude” to ethnic Greeks still living on the Aegean islands of Gökçeada (Imbros) and Bozcaada (Tenedos) in order to preserve their bicultural character – pointing out that this “could serve as a model for co-operation between Turkey and Greece”. The islands – inhabited mostly by ethnic Greeks since antiquity, according to rapporteur Andreas Gross (Switzerland, SOC) – have been governed by the Turkish Republic since 1922. In its resolution, PACE suggests ways of settling outstanding education, land and cultural heritage issues.