|Posted by moodhacker on November 2, 2016 at 1:10 AM|
Turkey is accused by Greece for endangering the ties between the two neighboring countries and NATO allies by questioning the agreement of the well known Lausane Treaty back in 1923, which has internationally assured the establishment of todays' boundaries between the two countries across the Aegean, after the statements of TurkkishPresidenTayip Erdohan
Speaking from Cyprus at November 2,Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt said on Tuesday at an Economist conference in Nicosia that
"attempts by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to dispute the Lausanne Treaty were "outrageous," .
According to the head of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE) Group, "it was dangerous and provocative to dispute a treaty adopted 100 years ago."
Verhofstadt expressed support for the efforts of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades to find a solution for the Cyprus problem. He noted that the negotiations were taking place at a time when Erdogan was laying claim to one Greek island after another and starting to dispute the Lausanne Treaty, with which Turkey had relinquished all claims on Cyprus.
It is the first time European leader supports Greeces defence line on supporting the Lausan Treaty over a month now, since
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said at a speech in Ankara on Thursday September 29,
"We gave away islands to Greece that we could reach with a shout in Lausanne. Is this victory? They tried to trick us into believing that Lausanne was a victory.
"Those who sat at that table did not do right by that treaty. Now, we suffer its setbacks."
"Questioning the Treaty of Lausanne, which established norms in Greco-Turkish relations (and) the status quo in the Aegean and its islands, is dangerous to relations between the two countries and to the broader region,"
Tsipras's office quoted him according information by his government officials.
Greece, Tsipras said, would not respond in a similar manner.
Looking back on the official statements of the two countries' officials on the previous period of time , we notice that despite the Edogaan-Tsipras meeting that took place in a apretty good climate Greek Foreign Minister had mentioned Turkish troops in Cuprus arlier days
Some days earlier, on September 25, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias had said in an interview on Greek newspaper.
“The Turkish occupation troops must leave from Cyprus” .
Kotzias had added that the removal of troops would add to moving forward in the negotiating the end of the Cyprus problem, “because, for practical reasons, the troops can’t leave in a single day, the largest part of the Turkish army should leave immediately and the withdrawal of the rest of the troops to take place in a specific period and to have a deadline”.
Kotzias said that Greek-Cypriots and Greeks are focused on an effort to form a system of cooperation and friendship and expressed wishes on finding a solution with the neigboring country
Greece- Turkey relationship and its diplomatic and neighboring ties have suffered strains over the years, due to squabbles over sea boundaries between the two countries and, seriously, due to the divded Cyprus, which ethnically split between its Greek and Turkish Cypriot populations since 1974.
The two countries almost went to war over an uninhabited islet in the Aegean in 1996. But tensions have eased over the years, particularly after each rushed to the other's aid in separate earthquakes affecting both countries in 1999.
We have to stop what some are trying to do: to turn this European problem, into an issue regarding the Greek-Turkish relations. It has nothing to do with it. The Greek-Turkish relations are perfect,” Mayor ofLesvos Spyros Galinos had said in a interview in Anadolou Agency a month earlier, discussing the refugees issue on the North Aegean island , and its consequences on tourism