“We will not tolerate any challenges over the current status of the Aegean”, sources from the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs state and reiterate the country’s fixed position with regards to Turkey that “the respect of International Law is an obligation for all countries”.
In the aftermath of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit in our country, the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim claimed that there is a “grey status” for 132 islets and even spoke about Aegean islands “under Greek occupation”.
Mr. Yildirim, while speaking before the Turkish Parliament, mentioned the Treaty of Lausanne and accused Greece of not implementing it properly in Western Thrace.
The same circles in the MFA, while responding to Mr. Yildirim, underline that “the Greek sovereignty over islands and islets in the Aegean is indisputable, and completely protected by the International Law”.
In conclusion, there statements made by Mr. Yildirim were “in direct response to the Kemal-esque opposition, which directs baseless accusations towards the government that it yielded islands to Greece”.