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Bahceli: “The islands of North Aegean and the Dodecanese belong to Turkey”

Greece has no right to claim sovereignty over the islands of the southeastern or northern Aegean, claimed Devlet Bahceli, head of Turkey’s Nationalist Movement party and coalition government partner of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Bahceli went so far to name nine islands in the northern Aegean Sea, claiming that they “legally belong to Turkey.”

Greece’s “claims of sovereignty over the Dodecanese are completely unjust and illegal,” Bahceli said addressing the parliament group of his party, the MHP.

“According to article 13th of this agreement [Lausanne Treaty], all the islands of the northern Aegean were granted to Greece for use without soldiers and weapons. they have been  have been filled with soldiers and weapons. Sovereignty of the islands of the northern Aegean, therefore, belongs to Turkey, without doubt and legally. The same is the case with the Dodecanese,” Bahecli said.

For the first time, he named the nine North Aegean islands “whose sovereignty, property rights, maritime jurisdiction and airspace legally belong to Turkey,” as he said “because Greece illegally arms them and maintains an army on their soil. These islands are Thassos, Samothrace, Limnos, Agios Eustratios, Lesvos, Psara, Chios, Samos and Ikaria” Hacheli said according to state broadcaster ERT.

The rant of the 74-year-old Bahceli continued and he said “I announce to the world, we will not allow our rights to be violated, we will blind those who claim our rights and our law. Right means honor.”

“The Greek prime minister hit the ax on the stone, we are not alone. We have God, we have our nation, we have victories to reach,” he added.

In response Greek government spokesman Giannia Oikonomou commented saying that “the crescendo of frenzy and the outrageous claims  have nothing to do with the truth.”

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2 comments

  1. Is there a country called Turkey? I understood that the area is a collection of different states, a sort of patchwork quilt, artificially assembled. Return Constantinople, Byzantium.

  2. Another of Turkey’s leaders suffering from delusions and dementia, the comedy show goes on!!