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Erdogan's repeated Lausanne Treaty questioning makes Athens nervous

Posted by moodhacker on November 23, 2016 at 3:30 AM


 


"Statements questioning the Lausanne Treaty are unacceptable," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Stratos Efthymiou said in reply to a journalist's question regarding the statements of the Turkish leadership on the Treaty of Lausanne.


Efthymiou underlined that

"in the revisionism expressed repeatedly by the Turkish leadership, Greece responds with its commitment to ensure international legitimacy, peace and stability."



"The future must be planned on the basis of a profound analysis of history, Turkey will built itself a bigger country with the help of Allah", stated Turkish President Recep Erdogan to the participants in the conference on a new concept of security, Turkish and Bulgrian News Agencies reported 

 

The 1923 Lausanne Treaty delineates the borders between Turkey and Greece. Turkish pro-government news website A Haber published new statements by the Turkish president.

 

“What would happen if Turkey stays away from Syria and elsewhere? Would there be peace and security in those regions?” Erdogan wondered aloud.

 

“The rules set by the victorious powers of World War II did not give Turkey the right to survival. With the Treaty of Sevres (1920), Turkey was divided in 7-8 pieces. Turkey did not accept that dichotomy that formed today’s border.


The debate on the Treaty of Lausanne begins at this point,” the Turkish president continued.

 


Erdogan emphasised the Lausanne Treaty under which 3 million sq km of Ottoman lands were reduced to 780,000 sq km, Bulgarian newsite  novinite wrote  .

“And this happened in Lausanne, under our very noses. They took so much land away from us and, yet, some people found a reason to be proud of this. What were we, what have we become, what will we be? This is a very important question for us,” pointed out Erdogan.

 

“The Lausanne Treaty is not an indisputable text, it is not holy. Of course we will discuss it;


“Of course we are content that we benefited from the Treaty of Lausanne. But it is a treaty that can be discussed. Under no circumstances is it sacred text. And of course we will discuss it,” Erdogan noted, adding that 


we will attempt to find a better solution. They should not find a fault with us for we have given our word to the nation. We will dispute all stipulations (of the treaty),” added Erdogan

 

 


 

And his statements continued: “We will work to ensure something better. They still attempt to trap us with the Lausanne Treaty. Please forgive us. I have the right to speak. We will make every effort to ensure the goals of 2023.

We know that we will step on the foot of many sides. We will upset many interests. On this we will work together in each case. We are determined to steer Turkey ahead.”

 

 

 

Two months earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said his country made a mistake signing the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne that set borders and let Greece keep islands off his country’s shore. This was said, soon after the July coup that attempt that failed to oust him.

 

Reconsolidating his power back, on September 2016, Erdgoan told regional officials in Ankara that, “Some tried to deceive us by presenting Lausanne as a victory"


Earlier in Wedesday Nov.23, the Greek government stated its position would be stated only on confirmed facts.

Particularly, on foreign policy issues, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statements on Tuesday, we should wait and see the official confirmation and the official translation," government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos had said  on Wednesday morning.

"The confirmation of the statement came after the press briefing", wrote ana-mpa.

"

In any case, we reiterated the country's clear and stable position on the Lausanne Treaty.

A position clarified and repeated many times by Prime Minister Alexi Tsipras and Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias".

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sources :BGNES, Al Haber, inivite.com , ana mpa

 


Categories: Greece and Neighbors , Greece in Europe, Greece , Politics

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