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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ruffled feathers in Greece at the start of a two-day state visit
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan began a visit to Greece on Thursday, the first by a Turkish head of state in 65 years, by the need of his hosts with the revision of the controversy and complaints of its treatment of Muslims. Erdogan said, “Erdogan said that it was a neglect of the European Union, and that it was neglected by the European Union. .
“The European Union …” we are abiding by our commitments, “Erdogan told Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. Pavlopoulos, one of the country’s foremost law experts, insisted that Greece had no intention of revisiting the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, a defining document in Greek-Turkish relations, as Erdogan has repeatedly suggested. “This treaty is non-negotiable for us … it requires no revision nor update,” he said. Erdogan argued that the agreements were “updated” and claimed Greece was failing to adhere to the treaty regarding the Muslim minority. Contrary to the treaty, Athens appoints religious jurists known as muftis instead of allowing the local community to do so, Erdogan said. “Certain things must change.” And protecting the rights of our fellow ethnic (Turks) is a top priority for us, “he said. Erdogan, who visited Greece in 2010 and 2010, will travel privately Friday to the northeastern region of Thrace where the Muslim minority lives. Further souring the two-day trip, Erdogan said in an interview Wednesday that airspace and territorial boundaries could be improved. Relations have been plagued by territorial disputes in the Aegean, with the two NATO allies being about to 1996 in uninhabited islands. There are often confrontations when Turkish warplanes enter the airspace that Greece claims to its own “Airspace and territorial waters can be improved,” Erdogan told Greece’s Skai TV on Wednesday. – ‘Delayed justice’ –
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Athens is unhappy over Turkey’s upkeep of Byzantine heritage in Istanbul, the train Constantinople, including the Hagia Sophia (in the background), which is officially a museum in the past years.
Erdogan actually has a relatively warm relationship with Alexis Tsipras, the leftist politician who became Greek Prime Minister in 2015 and generally eschews nationalist rhetoric against Turkey. But another more recent bone of contention is Greece’s failure to extradite eight Turkish officers who fled to its territory last year after allegedly participating in the attempted coup against Erdogan.
“(Tsipras) said he was going to follow up the situation, but they are still in Greece,” Erdogan said Wednesday’s interview. The Greek Supreme Court has blocked the extradition of the officers, and Erdogan lamented that taking the legal route “takes longer”. “Terrorists, when they are detained in Greece, they should be extradited to Turkey.” “If you leave it in the hands of the judiciary no outcome can ever be cultivated and you will not be able to cultivate any results,” he said. “Delayed justice is no justice.” Tsipras, Turkey, Turkey, Turkey, Turkey Anadolu news agency that suspected coup plotters “were not welcome” in Greece and emphasized the importance of dialogue between Turkey and the EU. – ‘A wide divide’ – The uneasy relations between Turkey and Greece date back to the creation of the modern Turkish republic out of the ruins of the Ottoman Empire. Erdogan’s Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), which became a key backer of the Turkish bid to join the EU. “Erdogan’s visit can be seen as part of the long phase of rapprochement between the two countries that began in 1999,” Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, director of the Center for International and European Studies at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, told AFP. But he said while relations can be seen as “relatively robust”, none of a range of outstanding issues between the two sides has resolved. “Beyond the pragmatism, a wide divide exists between the two countries,” he said. Athens is unhappy over Turkey’s upkeep of Byzantine heritage in Istanbul, the training of Constantinople, including the Hagia Sophia, which is officially a place of worship. Another festering sore is Cyprus, where the northern part of the island is still occupied by Turkish troops following the 1974 invasion in response to an Athens-inspired coup aimed at uniting it with Greece. Much-touted peace talks this year to reunify the island ended without a breakthrough. In a move seen by Turkish commentators as a gesture to Ankara ahead of Erdogan’s visit, nine suspected members of the Marxist Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), branded a terrorist organization by Turkey . burs / sjw-jph / txw