Of all countries Turkey is calling on the President of Greece, Prokopis Pavlopoulos to respect the international law. A statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said:
“The Greek press has reported yesterday (6 March) that Mr. Pavlopoulos, President of Greece has made the following remarks about Turkey: “We might not have the territory that we should have had historically”… “If history compels us, we will do what our ancestors had done…”
We invite President Pavlopoulos to respect international law and our borders, and to refrain from a rhetoric which is not befitting his position, and that could cause unnecessary tension.”
To Ankara’s demands to change Treaty of Lausanne determining the borders of modern Turkey, Pavlospoulos had said that the Treaty cannot be changed.
The statement comes amid tensions between the two neighboring countries that have escalated after the arrest of two Greek soldiers who accidentally entered Turkey and remain in custody, although the issue could have been solved in the usual routine of a couple of minutes.
The statement comes just weeks after a Turkish coast guard vessel rammed a Greek patrol boat very close to the islets of Imia in Greek territorial waters.
Not to mention the permanent violation of international law committed by Turkey with the illegal occupation of the north part of Cyprus.