TURKEY: Democratic Left Party calls for war with Greece over militarisation of Aegean islands

Önder Aksakal Turkey

The president of the Democratic Left Party (DSP), Önder Aksakal, who participates in the opposition coalition, is asking for a Turkish casus belli (Call for War) for the militarisation of the Greek islands.

Speaking to party officials, Aksakal said Greece was hysterical by extending its territorial waters in the Aegean to 12 nautical miles, as permitted by international law as per the United Nations Charter Law of the Sea.

He also said that Greece is increasing its military presence on the Aegean Islands, which "are forbidden to be equipped."

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The political party leader said that Greece "cries" to third countries and considers Turkey as a threat for the decision to make a casus belli if Greece's territorial waters were to extend to 12 nautical miles.

Threatening our country directly, the president of the Democratic Left Party, with the Dove of Peace emblem, asked the Turkish government to characterise the militarisation of the Greek islands as a cause of war.

Today, Turkey must go one step further, a decision must be made in the parliament, according to which it will be considered as a casus belli and the non-evacuation of the islands that were equipped in violation of the agreements.

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"This has now become a necessity," he said provocatively.

It should be noted that the founder of the Democratic Left Party in 1985, was Bülent Ecevit, Prime Minister of Turkey who ordered the military invasion of Cyprus in 1974.

Later, the occupied territories were recognised by Ankara, and Ankara alone, as the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus."

The Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus is deemed illegal by United Nations Security Council Resolution 541 and UN Security Council Resolution 550.

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