On Tuesday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revisited the Lausanne Treaty of 1923, saying that it is not something that can’t be discussed.
Turkish news site A Haber reports Erdogan as stating…
“In no way is it [Lausanne Treaty] a sacred text, and of course we will discuss it.”
Erdogan’s recent repeated references to the Lausanne Treaty has raised many red flags in Athens, Greece.
In a speech to regional officials in Ankara, Erdogan openly expressed his regret for the border decisions stipulated in the Treaty of Lausanne.
In September The Duran reported on the Lausanne Treaty of 1923, and Erdogan’s curious, dangerous and repeated references to the treaty…
Erdogan lamented, and issued this veiled warning towards Greece…
“Some tried to deceive us by presenting Lausanne as victory. In Lausanne, we gave away the islands that you could shout across to.”
The Treaty of Lausanne delimited the boundaries of Greece, Bulgaria, and Turkey. It formally ceded all Turkish claims on the Dodecanese Islands, Cyprus, Egypt and Sudan, Syria and Iraq, and (along with the Treaty of Ankara) settled the boundaries of the latter two nations.
Turkey already illegally occupies 37% of Cyprus, and is currently embroiled in a jihadist invasion to topple Syria.
The Dodecanese Islands are located in the Aegean Sea close to the Turkish coastline..and given Erdogan’s Ottoman expansionist desires, Greece needs to take note of such comments.
Today Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras finally reacted to Erdogan’s comments…
According to Ekathimerini, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told his lawmakers on Wednesday…
“We have no intention of questioning the binding texts which are the foundations of our [bilateral] ties.”
“Everyone would be better off if Turkey followed the path of prudence and understanding.”
Memo to Alexis Tsipras…Erdogan rarely follows “the path of prudence and understanding.”
Tsipras could have taken a much more firm and terse stance on Erdogan’s statement, instead, Tsipras seems to suggest that such statements from Turkey’s PM are not worthy for discussion at the moment?
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