Greeks plan to buy Turkish island
The Greek islanders of Lesbos are planning to buy a tiny Turkish island several miles the other side of the maritime border in what would be an unprecedented exchange of real estate between the arch-rival nations.
Lesbos’s 100,000-strong population has signaled it wants to raise the $22m price tag on the island of Garip, whose pine-clad interior is visible across the Aegean from the Greek island.
Where diplomacy and military might have failed, commerce could prevail if the self-proclaimed Lesbians manage to pull off the “conquest” peacefully. “Any Greek would want to buy Turkish territory,” the island’s prefect, Pavlos Voyiatzis told the mass-selling weekly Proto Thema. “Especially territory of historic importance.” In their online sales pitch, the businessmen say the island not only provides “excellent snorkeling and diving,” but has thermal waters that make it a “unique destination for many to relax and unwind”.