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Greek army ready to respond to any threats, Defense Minister says
Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos labeled Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a ruthless dictator in an interview on real fm Greek radio.
“When they threaten our country we shall respond and they should know that we are not prepared to back down on matters of national sovereignty in the name of diplomacy”, Panos Kammenos underlined on Thursday .
Commenting about the Turkish provocations against Greece on Real-FM radio station, the Defence Minister reassured people that the Greek armed forces had the highest morale the utmost professionalism.
He added that the Greek army units are ready to face any challenge. He stressed that Turkey was provoking on a rhetorical level at this stage, warning that whenever this rhetoric turned into into territorial violations the threats were immediately dealt with.
Turkish answer was not late
Turkish Defense Ministry condemned on Friday, December 9, to the Greek defense minister's recent "anti-Turkey" remarks., yenisafak.com wrote
The Turkish Defense ministry said: "We strongly condemn Greece defense minister for his new statements on a radio channel, which lack manners, cognition and responsibility, and we are returning his expressions back to him."
The ministry added the Greek minister's statements had been provocative, especially at a time when the two countries were trying to cooperate with each other on bilateral and regional issues and added that the aim of the statement is to destroy the efforts between the two countries.
Previously as well, on Dec. 3, Turkey had slammed Panos Kammenos's harsh remarks that targeted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Foreign Ministry had asked the Greek minister to act in a manner "befitting the dignity of his position."
Erdogan on Lausanne treaty, 72 times so far
In October, Erdogan openly claimed that Ankara “gave away” Aegean islands to Greece under the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923, a pact that defined the borders of modern Turkey following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
Eversince he keeps repeating commentsabout the LausanneTreayty, as he did in November speaking at the Police Academy when Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan took the chance to define that the Treaty "is neither holy scripture, nor the holy book, and should be reexamined in light of securing a better deal for Turkey."
Erdogan had also said “Of course we salute all of Lausanne’s successes, but Lausanne is not an unquestionable or holy scripture. Of course we will discuss it. Looking towards 2023, we are aware that this may upset the interests of many, but we will still go ahead with it.”
Diplomatic Aegean Relationships specialist, Drougos, mentioned in an interview o Greek media that since the sign of the EU-Turkey deal in May2016, Erdogan has 72 times repeated the reexamination of Lausane Treaty and this is not a sign to ignore, the nalyst said .
the Milliyet "flamable" Article
On December 2, though, in an article in "Milliyet" entitled "We do not accept de facto situation," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu argued that "Imia are Turkish soil" bringing his statement in consistency with the one of Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the Kemalist Republican People's Party (CHP) some days before
"The Imia is Turkish territory" said emphatically Cavusoglu, in his writen reply to the question in Parliament submitted by another Turkish MP concerning the status of islands, islets and rocks in the Aegean, and that makes it more severly concerning, since this is an official parliamentary document that has been published
In the "Milliyet" article , "We do not accept de facto situation," Cavusoglu, arguing that "Imia are Turkish territory." claims that the conditions of Lausanne and Paris contain detailed provisions on the sovereignty issues and the demilitarization of the Aegean islands, and is stressing that Turkey is not going to accept any possible de facto situation by Greece on geographical formations of disputed status.
He said : "The key international documents regarding ownership of islands in the Aegean is the Treaty of Lausanne of 1923 and the Treaty of Paris of 1947. These treaties contain detailed provisions concerning the sovereignty and the demilitarization of the islands.
Mevlut Cavusoglu articel in «Milliyet»:
"The positions of our country for all issues in the Aegean, including in particular, and for solving them have been brought to the attention of public opinion with my various Ministry of Communications from 1996 until today.
"In this context, we will not accept the creation of the Greece possible the de facto situation on geographical formations of disputed status and, if attempted, it is now announced that this would not result from a legal standpoint. The exploratory talks between Turkey - Greece have started in 2002 under the premiership of Bulent Ecevit. The first meeting was held in Ankara on March 12, 2002 and until the AKP government in late 2002, a total of seven exploratory talks cycles have been held. The exploratory talks have continued, without interruption, during the term of AKP as well.
"There is no change in our country's policy towards the islets of Imia. Imia is Turkish territory. During the government of the AKP there was no change in the law or the de facto regime in the Aegean ".