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Turkey warns Greece after flag is hoisted on disputed islet

AP  |  Ankara 

Turkey's has warned to refrain from "provocations" after a Greek flag was hoisted on a disputed, uninhabited islet in the off the

told reporters today that the guards removed the flag from the island off the coast of the Aegean resort of Didim.

Yildirim said the incident was similar to one in 1996 when the two NATO allies went to war over the uninhabited - Kardak in Turkish - which both and claim.

Yildirim says "our advice to would be to stay away from provocations and agitations ... We are determined to give the necessary response to such fait accomplis."

In Athens, said the government had no knowledge of the incident and described the remarks made by "provocative and reprehensible."

"I think Mr. Yildirim should be more careful," Tzannakopoulos said. "We call on to return to a path of respect for international law ... They should take an initiative to de-escalate the tension.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 18:55 IST