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Turkish President renews its threat to invade the Greek Islands.

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The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has openly threatened Greece with an invasion of the Greek Islands if it continues its ‘inappropriate’ behaviour towards Turkey. The President said this during the inauguration ceremony of Marmaris Datça road, Milas drinking water treatment plant and Halicarnassus (Bodrum) State Hospital. He claimed that Greece harasses Turkish borders every day, and if they behave, they won’t need to fear missiles.

As long as Greece behaves well, we have no business and it does not need to fear missiles.

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

The Turkish President is requested Greek authorities to demilitarize the Aegean Islands to avoid a conflict in the Aegean Sea. The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also during a joint press conference with Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, that Turkey ‘cannot keep quiet’ and will ‘do what is necessary’ if Greece does not comply.

The Turkish President also said that they will come for them one night. A statement first used by a Turkish President in 1974 before its invasion of Cyprus. Erdogan has recently repeatedly this statement multiple times.

We can and will come suddenly one night.

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

The Foreign Minister of Turkey said that the Aegean Islands should be demilitarized as according to a peace treaty signed in 1923 and 1947 peace treaties that was the only condition.

The mentioned islands and some of the islands that were given to Greece with the 1923 Lausanne and 1947 Paris peace treaties had one condition. Greece cannot arm these areas because this agreement is called a ‘peace treaty,’ and therefore Greece cannot bring weapons to these places.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

To the attendees present in the inauguration the Turkish President Erdogan asked a series of questions to them.

For 20 years, we hope that we will mobilise the vision of the ‘Century of Turkey’ in the same way that we have done with the projects that we have achieved. Are we ready to build the ‘Century of Turkey’ together? Are we ready to frustrate the ambitions of Turkey’s external and internal enemies? Are we ready to welcome the new century of the Republic of Turkey in 2023 together, my brothers and sisters?

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Greece repeatedly denies that it is harassing Turkish borders, and have said that as long as there is a threat to the Aegean Islands they will not be demilitarized. Greece does not want to repeat the same mistake it did between 1967 and 1968 when it withdrew its Greek division from Cyprus leaving the Island unprotected. This made it easy for Turkey in 1974 to invade the Island under the pretext of protecting Turkish-Cypriots. Under the Treaty of Lausanne of 1923, Greece was awarded sovereignty over the Islands of Limnos, Samothrace, Lesvos, Samos, Chios, and Ikaria that it took from the Ottoman Empire in the Balkan Wars of 1912 to 1913. 

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