Ankara accuses Athens of distorting details after Greek PM says Turkey is undermining regional peace and stability.
Turkey has condemned remarks by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis who accused Ankara of undermining peace and stability within the Jap Mediterranean area and enjoying a “destabilising position”.
Lengthy-existing tensions between the 2 international locations have flared up not too long ago. Greece complained to NATO and the United Nations this month over what it referred to as “inflammatory” rhetoric.
“Sadly this assertion [by Mitsotakis] was yet one more instance of distortion of details and hostile narrative towards Turkiye. Turkiye’s position in its area and past is properly appreciated by the worldwide neighborhood,” the Turkish delegation on the United Nations Basic Meeting mentioned on Friday, utilizing the nation’s official identify.
The 2 nations – North Atlantic Treaty Group (NATO) allies however historic foes – have been at odds for many years over a variety of points together with the place their continental cabinets begin and finish, vitality sources, overflights within the Aegean Sea, the standing of demilitarised islands and divided Cyprus.
Throughout his tackle to the UNGA, Mitsotakis mentioned Turkey’s management “appears to have an odd fixation with my nation”.
“They threaten that Turkey will come at evening if it so decides. That is the language of an aggressor. From the UN I wish to tackle … the Turkish folks straight: ‘Greece poses no menace to your nation. We aren’t your enemies, we’re neighbours. Allow us to transfer ahead,” he mentioned.
The Turkish delegation to the UN mentioned Ankara doesn’t problem the territorial integrity or unity of Greece, calling it “a false propaganda”.
“Nevertheless, Turkiye does problem Greece to enter into an trustworthy and significant dialogue in accordance with worldwide regulation to deal with not one however all legally interrelated Aegean disputes,” it mentioned.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Greece this week of “crimes towards humanity”, referring to its remedy of refugees, and earlier this month of occupying islands within the Aegean Sea which have a demilitarised standing.