Major fire on eastern Greek island of Chios

Aug 20, 2012 Full story: WTEN-TV Albany

Hundreds of firefighters were battling a major forest fire on Greece's eastern Aegean island of Chios on Monday as it ravaged forests, agricultural land and groves of the island's famed mastic trees for the third day.

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#1 Aug 21, 2012
Forest protect is only if live humans inside.

Also EU need common security forces.
Mustafa Ozguroglu

Izmir, Turkey

#2 Aug 22, 2012
I can't believe this is happening to the island of Chios very close to turkey
I was in holiday in Chios on Saturday when the fire started

I thought that they would get help from turkey and this will prevent fire from increasing or expanding
When I turned back to cesme I read that green authoritihies didn't accept the help of Turkish side
Unbelelivable
Who will pay these burning nature
We should discuss now the borders in these critical conditions
We are living in the same world
I am really sorry for the island but angry to the Greek authorities
David

Izmir, Turkey

#3 Aug 23, 2012
Mustafa Ozguroglu wrote:
I can't believe this is happening to the island of Chios very close to turkey
I was in holiday in Chios on Saturday when the fire started
I thought that they would get help from turkey and this will prevent fire from increasing or expanding
When I turned back to cesme I read that green authoritihies didn't accept the help of Turkish side
Unbelelivable
Who will pay these burning nature
We should discuss now the borders in these critical conditions
We are living in the same world
I am really sorry for the island but angry to the Greek authorities
Mustafa,
I was on Chios a few days ago, but left before the fires started. I have already sent the manager of the hotel where I was staying the link to the Yeni Asır story about the offer of help from Turkey. He said he can find someone to translate it. Why not do the same? I think it is really important that the ordinary people of Chios understand that there WAS an offer of help from Turkey on the FIRST day and their authorities didn't accept it. Is it better to lose a little face and accept Turkish help or have half your island ruined? I think I know what the answer of most ordinary people on Chios would be to that question, but probably the governor's office was too scared of a negative reaction from those politicians in Athens to say yes.
Greek Islander

Philadelphia, PA

#4 Aug 23, 2012
David wrote:
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Mustafa,
I was on Chios a few days ago, but left before the fires started. I have already sent the manager of the hotel where I was staying the link to the Yeni As&#305;r story about the offer of help from Turkey. He said he can find someone to translate it. Why not do the same? I think it is really important that the ordinary people of Chios understand that there WAS an offer of help from Turkey on the FIRST day and their authorities didn't accept it. Is it better to lose a little face and accept Turkish help or have half your island ruined? I think I know what the answer of most ordinary people on Chios would be to that question, but probably the governor's office was too scared of a negative reaction from those politicians in Athens to say yes.
Being that Yilmaz admitted that in the 1990's the fires on the island of Chios were started by Turks it is no wonder we Chiotes don't want Turkish help.

"It’s worth drawing attention to a story emanating from Turkey, from an interview given to the left-wing Birgun newspaper by that country’s former prime minister, Mesut Yilmaz, in which he admits that in the 1990s, and under the premiership of his rival Tansu Ciller, Turkish secret services were responsible for the devastating forest fires that hit Greece, particularly in Rhodes, Kos, Chios and Samos.

According to Yilmaz:‘All [Turkish] prime ministers when they finish their term in office will inform their successors as to how certain secret funds were used."
http://hellenicantidote.blogspot.com/2011/12/...

As always after a Turk admits to a crime commited by the Turkish government or military he will deny it after government pressure.
As you can see Article 301 of the Turkish Penal code still carries weight.

Y&#305;lmaz denies ‘fire’ remarks that caused outrage in Greece
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-266929-yilmaz...

The recent fire on Chios was arson we just have more investigating before we know who did it.
David

Izmir, Turkey

#5 Aug 24, 2012
Absolutely incredible! Some people are still living very much in the past, so the Turks probably started the latest fire, when while the numbers of visitors from other European countries is down over 50%, the number of visitors from Turkey is up more than 100% so far this year, or do you have a problem with that?
Bye the way, to everyone elsewhere who is not into raking up the past, true or not, the offer of help came from the Head of the Izmir Chamber of Commerce, NOT from the Turkish government or any other political body.

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