A Kurdish member of the Turkish Parliament launched a campaign against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and uses nationalistic and expansionist rhetoric and, of course, the Greek islands.
The man accused Erdogan that he allowed Greece to occupy “16 islands in the Aegean Sea” and claimed that “Turkey has sovereign rights over them.”
Among others, he mentioned the islands of Gavdos, Dionysades, Gaidouronisi, Koufonisi, Pharmakonisi, Oinousses and Agathonisi.
He accused Erdogan of “treason” and “betrayal”.
Ziya Pir is a MP of Kurdish party HDP since 2015 and also a nephew of co-founder of the terror organization PKK, Kemal Pir, who died in 1982 in a prison in Diyarbakir. Pir is a Turk and not a Kurd.
It is worth noting that it was the leader of Turkish Kemalist party CHP who claimed end of September that Erdogan had “given 16 islands to Greece in 2004.” A claim that came out of the blue and without proof as 1. the islands were Greek also before 2004 and 2. no important agreement has been signed between the two countries in the last 90 years.
The islands on the Aegean Sea and the Treaty of Lausanne have been high on the internal political agenda in Turkey, with both the Islamists and the Kemalists to race in nationalist rhetoric and in challenging Greek sovereignty. Both sides though seem to agree that the Aegean islands should belong to Turkey.
PS I am not going to analyze here this claim in terms of the Turkish internal political agenda, the aspirations of Ankara towards Mosul and the Turkish Kurds’ struggle for an independent state in the region. I will note that Pir’s claim reminds me of Greek saying “μάθανε πως @@μαστε, πλακώσανε και οι γ…” – no translation available.