“A systematic violator of international law cannot give us lessons”

Hellenic Foreign Ministry spokesperson Stratos Efthymiou stated in response to a statement made by the spokesperson for the Turkish Foreign Ministry

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Stratos Efthymiou stated the following in response to a journalist’s question regarding a statement made today by the spokesperson for the Turkish Foreign Ministry:

“A par excellence and systematic violator of international law cannot give us lessons concerning compliance with international law.

The violator – who in just one day carries out 138 violations and ten overflights over Greek islands, while at the same time making threats against our territorial sovereignty and the unimpeded exercising of that sovereignty – has no right to do this.

Greece will never relinquish – to any party – the right to take appropriate measures for its legitimate defence and the protection of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, based on the provisions of the UN Charter.

Moreover, Turkey, as a non-party to the 1947 Paris Peace Treaty between the Allies and Italy, based on which the Dodecanese were ceded to Greece in full sovereignty, derives no right from the Treaty, which for Turkey is ‘res inter alios acta’.”

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