The FRONTEX ship helped migrants break through the Greek blockade of the maritime border with Turkey.

The FRONTEX ship helped migrants break through the Greek blockade of the maritime border with Turkey.

The FRONTEX ship helped migrants break through the Greek blockade of the maritime border with Turkey.

Translated from Czech:

As the EU envisages protection of the EU’s external borders, the Danish captain of the EU Border Control Agency (FRONTEX) demonstrated at sea between Turkey and the Greek islands. According to orders from Operation Poseidon Command Staff, a Danish ship flying the EU flag was supposed to pull back a boat with migrants illegally attempting to enter closed Greek territorial waters and land illegally on Kos Island. Instead, the FRONTEX ship picked up the migrants aboard and took them to the port on the Greek island of Kos.

Operation Poseidon is a joint action by the Greek border guard, military navy and FRONTEX. According to the mandate approved by the EU Interior Ministers, FRONTEX ships are supposed to patrol in the Aegean Sea and guard the maritime border between Greece and Turkey, which is the EU’s external border. The event is commanded by a joint staff, led by Greek officers. Greece issued a ban on civilian ships in the coastal waters of its islands a week ago, which are within distance of small motor boats with migrants. FRONTEX ships are supposed to help Greek ships maintain the blockade of closed areas.

The Danish captain should immediately be suspended and face court-martial for failure to comply with orders in the operational zone. Instead, the Danish Social Democratic Secretary of Defense Trine Bramsen praised his actions, “The order to push migrants was illegal and the soldier has the right to refuse to comply with an illegal order.”

Under international law, every ship is obliged to take survivors aboard. Migrants deliberately made a hole in the ship upon the arrival of FRONTEX to declare themselves survivors. Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, every ship is obliged to board and bring survivors to the nearest port. According to the Greek command of Operation Poseidon, the captain of the Danish ship under the EU flag was misguided to take the migrants to a Greek port. The Turkish port of Akyarlar was closer to the ships at the time of the incident than the Greek port of Kos.

The naval border between Greece and Turkey is located at the island of Kos half distance between the coastal, which is 5 km. According to maritime law, coastal waters of the state constitute a 12 nautical mile width (about 22 km).

The Greek Coast Guard officially complained about Captain Møller’s procedure and requested his transfer back to Denmark. Only so much can be added that whoever has such allies does not need any more enemies. I absolutely do not understand what an increase in FRONTEX employees should mean for another 10 people, as proposed by the European Commission. The EU calls them border workers, even if they are in fact, officials accepting applications for asylum who manage to penetrate the EU.

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