Turkish FM Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu claims Greece can lose sovereignty of the Aegean islands

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Another challenge comes from Turkey, this time from Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who went so far as to challenge Greek sovereignty over the Aegean islands where the Greek Army is located.

Speaking in the Turkish parliament and after the parliamentary representative of the opposition asked him about the demilitarisation regime of the Aegean islands, Çavuşoğlu replied that the islands should be demilitarised, but this regime was violated since 1960.

He noted that Greece cannot have the right to sovereignty over the islands, which it militarises and for this reason a relevant letter was sent to the UN.

"Opposition MP Engin Altay has accused our government of violating the demilitarised regime in the Aegean islands. This is a national issue," Çavuşoğlu said.

"These islands were ceded to Greece under the conditions of Lausanne and Paris, on the condition of demilitarisation.

"Greece has been militarising these islands since 1960. It is not something new.

"But what did we do?

"We sent a letter to the UN and stressed that in case Greece continues to violate the demilitarised regime of the islands, it will not be able to claim that it has the right to sovereignty over them.

"And that is what we recorded at the UN."

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