In a teleconference between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday, a map of how Greece’s territorial waters in the Aegean would look if it enacted its rights to extend it by 12 nautical miles, as sanctioned by international law, “proves” how Turkey is “suffocating,” according to Çavuşoğlu.
Çavuşoğlu was noted by European lawmakers for his incessant behaviour that was bombastic and far removed from reality.
Reinhard Bütikofer, a Member of the European Parliament for the German Alliance 90/The Greens and the EU European Green Party, said on Twitter that “discussion with Turkey’s foreign minister Čavuşoğlu, who connected online from Senegal, gets a bit out of hand, as he insists on consuming all the speaking time after a first round of questions. He makes a lot of contradictory statements, opposes the United Nations Charter Law of the Sea but asks for international law.”
Discussion with Turkey's foreign minister #Čavuşoğlu, who's connected online from Senegal, gets a bit out of hand, as he insists on consuming all the speaking time after a first round of questions. He makes a lot of contradictory statements, opposes UNCLOS but asks for int'l law.
— Reinhard Bütikofer (@bueti) September 10, 2020
The outrage felt by Çavuşoğlu for not receiving any support internationally in its aggression against Greece and Cyprus, has obviously unhinged the regime of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as the Turkish Foreign Minister during his meeting with the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee that he did not notice that the map he was shaking on the video conference had the islands of Imvros and Tenedos under Greek rule.
Imvros and Tenedos, two Greek islands in the northeastern Aegean, were gifted to Turkey by the Treaty of Lausanne on the condition that it would be autonomous from direct Turkish rule because the majority of inhabitants were Greek.
Turkey did not respect the autonomy of the islands, and through constant pressure and pogroms, the majorty of the Greeks on the two islands, known in Turkish as Bozcaada and Gökçeada, fled for Greece and the population of the islands replaced by Turkish colonisers from Anatolia.
This was the sad fate of all the islands that remained under Turkish occupation. They did the same in the Princes’ Islands close to Constantinople (Κωνσταντινούπολις, Turkish: İstanbul).
The Turkish Foreign Minister, in his “rage,” displayed the islands of being under Greek control.
Although the majority of the Greek population of the islands fled for their lives, escaping Turkish barbarity as their counterparts did in Constantinople during the 1950’s and 1960’s, the Greek population is against growing on the islands, like previously reported by Greek City Times that can be read here.