As loyal supporter of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Mayor of Ankara thought he had to add his own sauce and boost his master’s aspiration for a revision of the Treaty of Lausanne.
And what did the good mayor do? He uploaded a map with all Greek islands and claimed that Turkey could have have them had the Treaty negotiations been successful.
Due to the Treaty of Lausanne, The blue islands shown below were given to Greece…And still Some people shamelessly say that's a success… pic.twitter.com/pylwjVFsiF
— Melih Gökçek (@melihgokcekENG) October 1, 2016
Melih Gokcek most obviously used a map by a Turkish travel agency offering tours to the Greek islands.
Consequently, the mayor of Ankara does not limit the Turkish claims over Greece’s islands and islets to the Dodecanese group, but expands it even to Crete and Aegina, some 10 nautical miles off the Athens coast.
Gokcek definitely proves that he lacks knowledge of the history of his own country, incl. the Treaties. With the Treaty of Lausanne, in 1923, Turkey abolished all rights on Dodecanese to Italy and not to Greece, which obtained sovereignty in 1947.
PS thank goodness, he didn’t claim the Ioanian islands. Ok, he doesn’t even know they exist…