A Turkish political leader has said on television that issues with Greece in the Mediterranean can only be solved with war.
Doğu Perinçek, leader of the Patriotic Party, said on Turkish television that “our issues in the eastern Mediterranean surely cannot be solved with international law.”
When asked by columnist Ahmet Hakan “how will they be solved?” Perinçek said” by force, with our army.”
“Nobody can defend Turkey’s right with international law,” he added.
Perinçek, like all so-called Turkish experts and analysts, once again never mentioned which supposed international law that Turkey could use to defend their claims in the East Mediterranean against Greece.
To this day, Turkey remains one of only 15 countries in the whole world to not sign and/or ratify the United Nations Charter Law of the Sea, and is also one of the few countries in the world who does not recognise the authority of the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Hakan then asked Perinçek, who has the dishonourable title of being first person in history to be prosecuted for denying the Armenian Genocide, “So, you’re saying that a war is needed?”
“I’m not saying that we must fight, but in the end it will be inevitable,” the ultra-nationalist political leader said.
However, it would be his next statement that would be most curious, claiming that the island of Agathonisi is not Greek despite being colonised by Greeks in antiquity and returning to Greek sovereignty in 1947 with the Treaty of Peace when Italy relinquished its control over the island that to this day is still inhabited exclusively by Greeks.
“Look at the Greeks, what they have done. They came to Agathonisi, put soldiers there. The President of the Greek Republic goes there often. They put the Greek flag and we can only take them out by force,” he said.
“Look at the Oruç Reis, it cannot conduct research freely, there are 150 Turkish Navy ships around it. If we didn’t send our navy, do you think that the Oruç Reis would be there for more than two hours?” he said while blatantly lying about the number of Turkish ships around the Oruç Reis.
In fact, Turkey in total has only 112 ships in their navy, but that did not stop Perinçek from the obvious fake news that 150 Turkish ships are protecting the Oruç Reis from its illegal activities in Greek maritime space.
“The conclusion is that we can support our Blue Homeland because we have our navy. From now on it is a matter of arms. Our navy and our army. This problem cannot be solved with international law, meetings, conventions, etc, but it will be solved as we did in our war of liberation,” he concluded.
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Unfortunately for Perinçek, the Turkish navy has been significantly embarrassed by Greek seafarers since Turkey launched its naval aggression against Greece over two weeks ago.
Just days ago, five Turkish submarines got trapped by the Greek military, who not only proceeded to bombard all the submarines with high ear piercing frequencies, but they also played the Beatles’ famous song, Yellow Submarine in an extremely mocking and annoying way, as reported by Greek City Times.
There is of course now the famous confrontation between the 38-year-old Greek Limnos frigate with the Turkish Kemal Reis flagship of the Turkish fleet escorting the Oruç Reis.
The Limnos was watching the Oruç Reis from a safe distance. The Kemal Reis, considered one of the best ships in the Turkish Navy, estimated that the Greek warship was planning to obstruct the navigation of Oruç Reis.
The captain of the Greek frigate, Lieutenant Captain Saliaris, followed a steady course and continued the voyage to monitor the Turkish research vessel without changing direction. The Kemal Reis continued to approach the Greek warship.
When it was about 450 yards away from the Greek warship, the captain of the Turkish frigate had to according to international navigation rules give priority to the Greek frigate – but did not. The result was that the Greek frigate with its bow collided with the rear of the Turkish frigate through exceptional seamanship.
Normal weather conditions prevailed in the area and both warships were moving at a relatively low speed.
A few days after the event, the Minister of Defense, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, contacted Saliaris and congratulated him, telling him: “You’re a player, congratulations,” as reported by Greek City Times.