Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has apparently suffered a megalomania attack, fell in delirium and claimed to expand Turkey’s borders to Greece’s Thrace, Thessaloniki, Aegean islands and the whole of Cyprus. But he claimed as well a bit from Bulgaria, Georgia, Syria and a large portion of Iraq. The mad man in Ankara, in fact, challenged the Lausanne Treaty for one more time in an effort to revive the borders of the old Ottoman Empire that expired a century ago.
Quote: Erdogan, the Magificent
“We will have to deny our identity if we consider that what is happening from Gaza to Siberia where we speak the same language and share the same culture, does not concern us.”
Speaking at the University of Rize, Erdogan was in a visible bad mood against Turkey’s neighbors in all directions from North to South and from East to the West and decided to challenge them clearly pointing at unprecedented expansionist aspirations. It is the second time since end of September that the Turkish President officially doubts on the Treaty of Lausanne that marked Turkey’s boundaries.
Among others, Erdogan called for a referendum in Western Thrace, the north-east part of Greece with a strong Muslim population.
He cited “some historians” – Turkish, of course – who “believe that the borders of the National Oath* also include Cyprus, Aleppo [Syria], Mosul, Arbil and, Kirkuk [Iraq], in Batum [Georgia], Kardzhali, Varna [Bulgaria], Thessaloniki and the Aegean islands.”
“Turkey is not only Turkey. Not only for 79 million citizens, but Turkey bears also responsibility towards our hundreds of millions of brothers in the geographical area to whom we are connected through our historical and cultural ties,” Erdogan said and in this context he spoke of a referendum in Western Thrace.
“It is a duty, but also a right of Turkey to be interested in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Crimea, Karabakh, Bosnia, Crimaia and other sister areas. Turkey is not only Turkey. The moment you give up this, it will be the time when we lose our independence and our future,” the self-proclaimed ruler of the Middle East, South Caucasus and South-East Europe roared.
Greek Foreign Ministry issued a statement describing Erdogan’s agitation as “dangerous” as it undermines the regional stability.
“The public agitation of historical and especially of border issues as they have been definite and irreversible in the Lausanne Treaty and form objective facts binding for all, is challenging and undermining the regional stability.
Respect for international law and international treaties requires the formulation of responsible positions away from outdated revisionism.
Thrace is Greek, democratic and European. Any other thought is unthinkable and dangerous.”
Turkey: *National Oath or Misak-ı Millî (English: National Pact, National Oath) is the set of six important decisions made by the last term of the Ottoman Parliament in 1920 and was adapted also by the first Turkish Parliament of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk six months later. Decisions taken by this parliament were used as the basis for the new Turkish Republic’s claims in the Treaty of Lausanne. The decisions refer among others to the future of “Western Thrace [ to be determined though Referendum], Batum, Ardahan, Kars, and of Muslim minorities in the area.
UPDATE: Several hours later, Athens News Agency withdrew the original report and published a correction saying that Erdogan did not mention a “referendum in Thrace.” ANA said it was a mistake by its correspondent in Turkey. More here.
PS Erdogan mentioned also Morocco and Northern Africa – But I think he will claim them in another speech.
He is too stupid to know the Turkish name for Salonika?
They speak Turkish in Siberia, Gaza, Thessaloniki and Mosul??
Its time we wipe those barbarisns of the planet.
SDI on some islands with Israeli nukes will guarantee peace and the Greek industry will boost producing killer-robots and so many drones, just imagine that Germoney will kill 20 million of her jobs via digital-scum-automation in the next 10 years.
“….speak Turkish in Seberia…”
He forgot to mention Berlin 😉
As a result and unfortunately Berlin will be forced to deport some 3 million Turks Turkey loves them true calling them Germans
He called upon Turks in Germany (while visiting Germany….) not to integrate into German society. Turks in Western Europe are more chauvinistic and nationalistic than their fellow Turks in Turkey, until the ‘coup’ at least. 3rd and 4th generations of German Turks are more chauvinistic and nationalistic than their gransparents that came to Germany to work.
There is now a lot of tension between different factions of Turks in Western Europe even calling children of Gülen supporters terrorists (not to mention the tensions existing already with the Kurds in Western Europe). Isn’t it nice when migrants take their own nationalistic and ethnic conflicts with them? We can expect more of this.
If Turkey is so much better than Western Europe then why don’t these Turks go back to Turkey? Or do they stay so that in time in Western Europe -just like in Eastern Europe- we can enjoy the blessings of the Ottoman Empire (murders, impalement, rapes, kidnapping, slavery and huge taxation).
Turkish foreign policies explained by western democracies best friend, the imperialist bastard Davutoglu:
“During the Ottoman times, in the 16th century, the Balkans was at
the center of world politics. That was the golden age of the Balkans.
This is a historical fact.”
“Now is the time for reunification. Then we will rediscover the
spirit of the Balkans. We need to create a new feeling of unity in
the region. We need to strengthen regional ownership, a common
regional conscience. We are not angels, but we are not beasts either.
It is up to us to do something. It all depends on which part of
history you look to. From the 15th to the 20th century, the history
of the Balkans was a history of success. We can have this success
again. Through reestablishing ownership in the region, through
reestablishing multicultural coexistencde, and through establishing a
new economic zone,” Davutoglu argued.
“We desire a new Balkans, based on political values, economic
interdependence and cultural harmony. That was the Ottoman Balkans.
We will restore this Balkans. People call this ‘neo-Ottoman’. I don’t
point to the Ottoman state as a foreign policy issue. I emphasize the
Ottoman heritage. The Ottoman era in the Balkans is a success story.
Now it needs to come back,” says Davutoglu.
“We have a common history, a common destiny, a common future. Like in
the 16th century, when the Ottoman Balkans was ascendant, we will
once again make the Balkans, the Caucasus and the Middle East –
together with Turkey – the center of world politics in the future.
That is the goal of Turkish foreign policy, and we will achieve it.
We will reintegrate the Balkans, we will reintegrate the Middle East,
and we will reintegrate the Caucasus on these principles of regional
and world peace, not just for us, but for all of humanity”