The detention of two Greek servicemen in Edirne, Turkey "for so long without having been charged is inconceivable," Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights Stavros Kontonis told the Athens- Macedonian News Agency radio station "Praktoreio 104.9 FM" on Wednesday.

The Greek officers have been detained pending trial since early March for inadvertently entering Turkish territory during a patrol, but formal charges have not been filed by Turkish justice.

"It is a situation that has nothing to do with a civilized state, a state that wants to uphold the rule of law, and I think that this situation is now unacceptable. The Greek government is trying at all levels for the release of the two Greek soldiers, but we have to deal with the fact that two people have been detained for 90 days, without formal charges," Kontonis explained.

On another issue, asked to comment on the State Department's condemnation of granting another 48-hour furlough to 17 November terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas, Kontonis said: "I think the other side is following a dangerous practice, and I have also mentioned it to the United States ambassador, because the law is respected in Greece with no exceptions. Therefore the law that was in place when we took over the country's rule is still valid today," Kontonis said, adding, "Unanimity is required for a decision to grant furlough to a prisoner. In all three cases, where the prisoner concerned was granted the furlough, there was unanimity of the members of the committee, at first instance. A public prosecutor was involved in this committee, without whose consent a furlough is not granted, therefore the (State Department's) statement was misguided."