A frustrated representative of the ruling party of Turkey has commented on the situation with Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean, unleashing new threats on Greece. In particular, Ömer Çelik unleashed new threats against Greece during his speech on the government agenda.
The representative of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan belongs too, made renewed provocations against Greece, amid frustrations that Turkey’s ambitions to dominate the East Mediterranean has not only been resisted, but broken by Greece.
During his delirium, as Proto Thema described it, Çelik said: “Greece is playing the game wrong. It plays games that is beyond her size. We warn Greece. This game you are playing can be turned into a Greek tragedy. We will not be responsible. We will not allow you to play Greek theater through diplomacy.”
He then went onto say that Greece wants “to achieve something similar to the Treaty of Sèvres.”
The Treaty of Sèvres, signed in 1920 by the Great Powers, awarded Greece a lot of its indigenous lands in Smyrna (Turkish: İzmir) and Constantinople (Turkish: İstanbul), before being replaced by the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923 that gave these lands to the newly formed Turkish Republic.
Greece, unlike Turkey, has not engaged in an expansionist policy. It is curious that Çelik would allude Greece has ambitions for territorial expansionism as it occupies large swathes of northern Cyprus and northern Syria, outside of international law.
Çelik continued without basis that: “Greece wants to create a de facto settlement in the region. This cannot happen without Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots. There can be no stability in the region without the credibility provided by Turkey and the [illegal and unrecognized] Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, he described the recent defense agreement between Cyprus and France as “piracy,” frustrated that it has hindered Turkish aggression in the region.