Celik: "EP adopts the views of Greek Cypriots - Mitsotakis has two faces"

The representative of the ruling AK Party, Omer Celik, gave a press conference after the meeting of the Central Committee chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the main topic of his statements was Greece and the demilitarization of its islands.

Omer Celik accused Greece of activating a propaganda mechanism against Turkey and distorting Ankara’s statements, while accusing Kyriakos of duplicity.

“The Ephesus 2022 military exercise resonated in many parts of the world. “On the occasion of this exercise, our president made very strong statements regarding the equipment of the Aegean islands,” said Omer Celik.

Here, of course, the propaganda mechanism of Greece was put into operation, which distorts these statements and violates the law. We always say the following: Greece is our neighbor. We have the ability and historical experience to solve our problems at the table with our neighbor and we are open to dialogue. However, the constant involvement of third countries in the case of Greece and the fact that it brings to the agenda the violations of the law as a situation of accomplished event, unfortunately prevents this process from moving in a positive direction.

On the issue of the equipment of these islands … This is guaranteed by the Lausanne Agreement and the Treaty of Paris of 1947. Paragraph 1 of Article 14 of the Treaty of Paris, including Kastelorizo, states that 14 islands must be unarmed . But Greece has been trying for years to equip many of the islands. It tries to maintain a disproportionate military presence and a disproportionate police and gendarmerie presence. We know what that means. After all … At least … They used to say that there is no such thing, so that they can present the illegality as legal, taking advantage of some gaps. The forces here change often. They used to say things like ‘total strength is measured during change’. “


“Mitsotakis showed his intentions”

Recently, however, we saw that Mitsotakis, abandoning it completely, made a statement that reveals all his intentions. “We will not do things like old-fashioned things like giving up island equipment,” he said. It is a requirement of the law not to equip the islands. It is a requirement of the Lausanne Agreement and the Treaty of Paris. If you say ‘these are old-fashioned jobs’, doing it as you please will not be world class. There will be no international system and no international law. Whenever we call them to law, every time we talk about resolving this issue at the table, unfortunately, Greece turns it into overt propaganda such as ‘our neighbor’s aggression’, ‘Turkey’s dreams for the Ottoman Empire’ or the threat of Turkey to Greece. To send a message to other countries. In general, France is the first to take a stand from the countries to which it sends this message. Then a series of discussions begins.

However, in the Lausanne agreement there are clear statements such as’ no naval base will be built on these islands. There will be no military fortifications here. ‘ Now, you’re trying to build a naval base. You are trying to build military fortifications. There is no other country in the world except Greece that claims twice the airspace of its territorial waters. All this is against international law. Contrary to the Lausanne agreement. In contrast to the Treaty of Paris. While all this is obvious, the continuation of this equipment, while it is known that all this is clearly stated (stated) in the Lausanne and Paris agreements, is a violation of these agreements. Then Turkey, in the context of the law, says that “I will open the issues of sovereignty of these (islands) for discussion”. What is the answer after that? The answer … here … they put some retirees to talk. Or they start some propaganda on their televisions. They are trying to put a label like ‘Turkey aggression’. They try to present our president’s statements as aggression, a state of war, distorting our statements. However, the side that violates the law here is the Greek side. By distorting our president’s statements, the statements we make, they try to present it as an aggression or a state of war. However, the side that violates the law here is the Greek side. We are the ones who say ‘come and solve this issue at the table. To resolve this issue diplomatically and to resolve it between the two countries’. But when you postpone any solution proposal on the table, you create a situation of accomplished event in the field and proceed to the issue of illegality, of course our country will openly and clearly reveal its true presence in the field. At the heart of the debate here is Turkey’s sensitivity to the Blue Homeland and that the definition of the Blue Homeland is in line with the law. Greece, on the other hand, sees the legal definition of the Blue Homeland as a threat to its own maximalist goals. In fact, Mitsotakis even presented the legal Peace Operation in Cyprus as a threat or spoke about ‘suffering of Hellenism’ in the US Congress. “All of this is an approach taken by the far right in Europe,” said Omer Celik.


“Mitsotakis’s attitude is treacherous”

The representative of the ruling party also commented on the statements of the retired Admiral, Giannis Egolfopoulos, describing him as “funny”.

“There is only one remarkable point here, these men served as vice admirals. “It is strange that the Greek army is in the hands of such funny men”, he said, while then he again accused Kyriakos Mitsotakis for a two-faced attitude.

He came to Istanbul and said “let us solve our problems as two countries”. Then he went to the US and did the opposite. This is a treacherous attitude. It is a malicious approach. Turkey is a great country, in favor of negotiations and diplomacy. Turkish diplomacy has this ability. But Greece is avoiding the negotiating table. “He is sitting at the table to hinder things,” he said.


“EP adopts the views of Greek Cypriots”

The AKP representative then criticized the European Parliament report, saying that “in fact, each of the articles written on human rights, the Cyprus issue and the situation in the eastern Mediterranean was a cut-copy-paste of the Greek’s positions. -E / K twin. There can be no such unbalanced, such unjust, such biased approach. It does not fit into the history of the European Parliament either.

“The presentation of the views of the Greek-E / K duo as views of the entire European Parliament is in no way acceptable to Turkey,” he noted.


“Mitsotakis’s attitude is treacherous”

The representative of the ruling party also commented on the statements of the retired Admiral, Giannis Egolfopoulos, describing him as “funny”.

“There is only one remarkable point here, these men served as vice admirals. “It is strange that the Greek army is in the hands of such funny men”, he said, while then he again accused Kyriakos Mitsotakis for a two-faced attitude.

He came to Istanbul and said “let us solve our problems as two countries”. Then he went to the US and did the opposite. This is a treacherous attitude. It is a malicious approach. Turkey is a great country, in favor of negotiations and diplomacy. Turkish diplomacy has this ability. But Greece is avoiding the negotiating table. “He is sitting at the table to hinder things,” he said.

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