Tayyip Erdogan insists on distorting the truth after the harsh response from the EU that denounced the “politics of discrimination” against the Greek minority in Turkey and also the “door” from Joe Biden.
In his meeting with journalists, on the sidelines of the 77th UN General Assembly in New York, Tayyip Erdoğan said that “the Prime Minister (of Greece) does not know the situation in Turkey. We have not had a government that encouraged the reduction of the Greek population in Turkey.”
“When I visited Bozcaada (Tenedos), Gökçeada (Imbros), I always asked the few Greek citizens who lived there: ‘Where are your children?’, ‘In America’, they answered me. I said: ‘Bring them to live here.’ ‘I can’t bring my child from America’, they told me. What does this show? That they do not wish to live in Turkey,” he continued.
“Our door is open. We would give citizenship to this child if he had no citizenship. But of course the Greek foreign minister knows nothing of all this. They live in their own world,” he said afterwards in the midst of delirium.
In fact, he did not miss the opportunity to speak about his “compatriots”, as he described the Muslim minority in Thrace, once again accusing Greece of persecuting them.
“Our door is always open, we also give citizenship. We have not expelled any Greeks from our country in our time. However, their persecutions against our citizens and compatriots in Western Thrace are countless. Recently, in fact, they want to appoint our clerics there themselves,” Erdogan said.
“He must answer for the Greek minority of Istanbul, which was once prosperous and numbered more than 100,000 people and today it is only 5,000 people,” said the government spokesman, Yannis Oikonomou, earlier today, with Erdogan… raising the gauntlet, as he reports the Turkish Anadolu Agency.
It is recalled that the issue of the Greek minority was raised by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias from New York, responding to the Turkish president’s provocative and baseless claims against Greece from the floor of the UN General Assembly. “It would be good for Turkey to answer what happened to the Greek minority in Istanbul and how the once thriving minority of more than 100,000 people, today has been reduced to less than 5,000 or as it was once said, Turkey has no right to speak” noted the foreign minister .