No:70, 8 March 2017, Press Release Regarding The Statements Of The President Of Greece On The Demilitarized Status Of The Aegean Islands. , 08.03.2017
We note with satisfaction the remarks of the President of Greece to the
effect that Greece wants to develop good neighborly relations and sincere
ties of friendship with our country.
However, we are surprised and concerned with the statements of the
President of Greece in the wake of these positive remarks, which indicate,
beyond any doubt, a lack of knowledge on the fundamental principles of
The Lausanne Peace Treaty, taking into consideration the security
requirements of Turkey, established a demilitarized status for the Aegean
islands. The Paris Peace Treaty even more clearly and precisely defined and
sustained this demilitarized status. In sum, the Paris Treaty has created
an objective status in favor of Turkey. Therefore, within the framework of
international law it is a fundamental right and an obligation for the
maintenance of peace and security for Turkey to object to the
militarization of these islands, which constitute a threat to the security
of our country, by Greece.
Even though such simple and fundamental facts are publicly available to
all, Greece attempts to hide behind an imaginary Turkish threat which has
no relationship to reality whatsoever and interprets UN Charter arbitrarily
not only to erode but also to abolish the demilitarized status of the said
Islands and tries to cover it up by an EU veil. This attitude can only be
described as apt for those who live in alternative reality and it cannot be
qualified as politically wise.
Greece accuses Turkey in the international fora of escalating tensions in
the Aegean. However, it might certainly have given a tangible clue to all,
first and foremost to the EU member states, who is responsible for
escalation of tension in the Aegean, given the fact that the most senior
politician representing Greece, a country which sees no harm in
systematically violating international law, has resorted to such
provocative actions and rhetoric.
Greece makes references to the importance of international law in the
resolution of Aegean issues, but when called on to act in line with her own
obligations, she conveniently evades doing so. We declare once again to the
international public opinion that, despite Greece’s inconsistent attitude
and provocative rhetoric, which has become a permanent feature, we will not
compromise on our rights and obligations that arise from international law
and our commitment to act in accordance with statecraft.