Turkish officials have once again questioned the legal status of several Greek islands, claiming that Imia is Turkish, triggering a rebuke from the Greek government which reminded Turkey of Greek sovereignty over the islands which is backed by international law.
‘’Greece’s sovereignty over its islands in the Aegean, including Imia, is indisputable and enshrined in international law.
‘’Irresponsible statements to the contrary are provocative, as the legal status of the islands and islets of the Aegean is clear and has been explicitly determined by a number of International Agreements of the previous century.
‘’Anyone who ignores international legal reality does not contribute to the consolidation of the rules of good neighbourly relations, but in fact undermines them,’’ said the foreign ministry in a press statement.
Meanwhile Greece’s President Prokopis Pavlopoulos during an event proclaming him a honourary president of the National Research Foundation “Eleftherios Venizelos” in Chania, Crete, weighed into the issue during a reaffirming the country’s determination to defend the unswerving implementation of the Lausanne Treaty.
‘’Greece does not claim anything that doesn’t belong to the country but we’re not willing to concede one iota of what is, without a doubt, our national and European heritage.
“On this principle, it is our duty to defend the unswerving implementation … of the great legacy left by Eleftherios Vanizelos, the Lausanne Treaty,” said Pavlopoulos d, noting that the treaty represents European as well as Greek borders.