Kyriakos Mitsotakis is currently on the floor of the UN General Assembly, who is expected to respond to, among others, what Tayyip Erdoğan outrageously claimed two 24 hours ago.
K. Mitsotakis will address (for the fourth time as Prime Minister) the House of the General Assembly. of the UN for twenty minutes and is expected to deconstruct point by point Erdogan’s incendiary speech, from the same stage, on immigration.
Today, the dark pages of the old continent have come to light again with the war, said Kyriakos Mitsotakis, at the beginning of his speech at the 77th UN General Assembly.
Referring to the EU’s stance towards the war in Ukraine, he stressed that it took a clear position and stressed that Russia should not succeed in sending a message to other regimes.
The Prime Minister then referred to the issue of Cyprus. “Ukraine is not the only country that has received a military invasion after World War II,” he stressed, noting that Ankara “continues to insist on unacceptable two-state claims” on the Megalopolis.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke about Turkey’s repeated and more aggressive rhetoric towards Greece. “I have said before that I am open to dialogue and to solving problems with respect and on the basis of international law. And I still am,” he emphasized.
He then said that Turkey threatens to come at night if it wants. this is the language of an aggressor, not of a peaceful state.
Furthermore, the prime minister emphasized that Turkey has threatened Greece with a casus belli.
The growing escalation of the threat, with fake news, with the use of immigration as a tool and the individual decision to deny contacts, said Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
“If Erdogan wants to talk about red lines, I will say: the accusations are groundless and unacceptable. Challenging our sovereignty is unacceptable, Greece will not be intimidated by anyone.”
Then the prime minister said that “but we don’t need to continue like this. There’s another way”.
“Today I would like to address not only the Turkish leadership but also the people: we are not your enemy, we are not a threat, we are neighbors and I know that the majority do not want tension. Let us move forward with mutual respect,” he emphasized.
Watch Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ speech live at the General Assembly. from the ONU:
Shortly before the Greek prime minister took the floor at the UN, the press representative of the Turkish president, Ibrahim Kalin, in an interview with NTV, left open the possibility of a meeting between Mitsotakis and Erdogan in Prague, although he said that such a meeting would be judged by the steps taken by the Greek side.
Earlier, the Greek Prime Minister, during his discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations and referring to the Turkish provocation, said: “What I can tell you is that I have always sought a constructive relationship with Turkey. Three years ago he had told her to start over. Then he signed an EEZ with Libya that ignores the existence of Greek islands, a geographic rarity. Then we have the instrumentalization of immigrants, the questioning of our islands”.
For the Prime Minister to point out: “It is difficult for me to imagine how the relationship between the two countries will recover as long as Turkey behaves like this. But if Turkey continues down this path, she will isolate herself from both Europe and the United States. And if Turkey wants to “play” in another sphere of influence, so be it, but it is a member of NATO. And she is the only NATO country that does not impose sanctions on Russia.”
He reiterated, however, that “I am always open to solving problems through dialogue. Mr. Erdogan does not want to talk to me. But I’ve heard it before and we ended up talking. I will continue to insist that there is only one framework of rules for dispute resolution, International Law and the International Law of the Sea. But it does not resolve differences with aggressive behavior and the restoration of imperial fantasies, but also with incendiary rhetoric”.
source: iefi merida