Erdogan’s Historic Greek Visit Marred by Demands for Greek Territory and Muslim “Rights”

The Turkish President makes an historic visit to Greece the first time a Turkish President has visited Greece in an official capacity in 65 years.  What he does in that visit is pretty much spit in the face of the Greeks and make dramatic demands of the Greeks on their soil, including asking for re-negotiation of the Lausanne Treaty, which is his way of telling Greece he wants some of their territory now.  He also demanded Muslims have more “rights” in Greece, even while Turkey continues to persecute Greek Orthodox Believers.

The actions of Erdogan indicate, to me, a man who feels he has some backing that goes beyond Turkey.  But the powerful nations that might support Turkey to some degree, Russia and China, also have strong ties to Greece, so I’m not sure how well Erdogan is reading the geopolitical tea leaves with this bold, crash and burn visit he pulled off.

Here are excerpts from two different stories about this disastrous visit by Erdogan.

Turkish President Erdogan issues ultimatum to Washington and Brussels

Turrkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, when visiting Greece, called for a revision of the 1923 Lausanne Treaty. This is a sensational news, the significance of which is comparable to Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In fact, it means the beginning of the revision of the world order established after WWI.

The Lausanne Treaty is an international document, which consolidated the results of the First World War for Turkey in 1923. As a result of the treaty, the former Ottoman Empire lost Arabia, Egypt, Sudan, Tripolitania and Cyrenaica (two main parts of Libya), Mesopotamia (Iraq), Palestine (present-day Israel and Palestine), Trans-Jordan (present-day Jordan), Lebanon, Syria, as well as islands in the Aegean Sea.

What did Erdogan say?

“The Lausanne Treaty needs to be revised in the light of current events. This revision will be useful not only for Turkey, but for Greece. When I talk about the revision, we need to discuss everything from alpha to omega. Perhaps, Greece may find some issues and forecasts annoying, but we can sit down and discuss … This will concern not only Greece, but the entire region,” the Turkish president said.

What does this mean?

One should pay attention to the scale of Erdogan’s statement. The Turkish president calls to revise everything from alpha to omega that will concern not only Greece, but the entire region. It goes about something bigger than the question of bilateral relations between Ankara and Athens. Yet, even this bilateral format stipulates for the expansion to the problems of Cyprus, the division of the shelf, the exploitation of offshore oil and gas fields.

 

Read More at Pravda Report

Here is more on how Erdogan chose to open up his historic visit.

Confrontational Erdoğan stuns Greek hosts on Athens visit

Within an hour of stepping off his plane, the pugilistic politician was sparring with the Greek head of state, Prokopis Pavlopoulos. Athens, he said imperiously, would never have entered Nato had it not been for Ankara’s support. As an ally, it should seek to improve the religious rights of the Muslim minority in Thracewhich were enshrined in the Lausanne treaty, he insisted, sitting stony-faced in the inner sanctum of the presidential palace. “It needs to be modernised,” he said of the treaty, which has long governed Greek-Turkish relations and is seen as a cornerstone of regional peace.

A visibly stunned Pavlopoulos hit back, calling the treaty non-negotiable.

“The Treaty of Lausanne defines the territory and the sovereignty of Greece, and of the European Union, and this treaty is non-negotiable. It has no flaws, it does not need to be reviewed, or updated.”

Read More at The Guardian

 

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