‘Turkish minority rights eroded by Greece’, says Erdogan – Middle East Monitor

The rights of the Turkish minority have recently been deliberately eroded by Greece, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said.

Speaking on the 99th anniversary of the Lausanne peace treaty, Erdogan said: “The rights of the Turkish minority who remained in Greece have been guaranteed and the non-military status of the Greek islands near our coasts has been confirmed by this treaty”.

“However, in the recent period, the conditions enshrined in the treaty, in particular the rights of the Turkish minority, have been ignored or deliberately eroded by Greece,” he added.

The Treaty of Lausanne, signed in 1923, settled the eastern Anatolian and Thracian regions of the partition of the Ottoman Empire through the cancellation of the Treaty of Sèvres (1920) which had been signed by the Istanbul-based Ottoman government.

Turkish officials have recently accused Greece of aggravating tensions in the Aegean Sea as well as in bilateral relations, as disagreements over the status of islands, maritime areas and the Turkish minority in Western Thrace continue.

The United States has lost its neutrality in the Eastern Mediterranean conflict, according to Turkey.

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