A speech in which he sent clear messages to Turkey but also to the international community, saying that a red line for Greece is the threat to its sovereignty and that Turkey has a strange obsession with our country, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis delivered from his podium UN. At the same time, however, he sent a message of friendship to the Turkish citizens, saying: “Greece does not threaten you, we are your friends”.
With Greek-Turkish relations at a nadir, the prime minister described to foreign leaders who is the aggressor and who is the victim. He denounced the revisionism of the provocative Erdogan’s policy and brought Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus to the fore again. Of course, his speech did not lack references to Russia, but also the return of the Parthenon Sculptures.
The UN is at a crossroads – We are at a critical juncture faced with a choice
The prime minister began his speech with references to the war in Ukraine. “77 years ago,” he said, “this organization was founded after the chaos of war, the Prime Minister said as he began his address to the UN. The goal, he said, was the harmonization of relations between states and the inviolability of borders and international law.”
“It was,” he emphasized, “the world’s first multilateral response to the aggression of the many against the few.” “Today,” said Kyriakos Mitsotakis, “the UN is at a crossroads. We are at a critical juncture faced with a choice: either we unite to confront the forces of authoritarianism to defend human rights or we fail. If we choose the former it will ensure the defense of the values of this organization otherwise the consequences will be enormous. Today, the memories of this dark continent have come to the surface after Russia attacked Ukraine.
For many years we believed that joint cooperation and the rule of law had prevailed. No one would dare to violate another country’s right to exist and unfortunately we were wrong. We stood by Ukraine, imposed sanctions, and now the situation has changed. This was a clear position in this unjustified war.
This is the EU’s response. for the world of the future. We do not want a world where the strong impose themselves on the weak. It is imperative that we send a message to other authoritarian regimes. This will not be tolerated by the world community of democratic states.”
Greece is not a threat to Turkey – My red line is the threat to our sovereignty
Kyriakos Mitsotakis continued his speech at the 77th UN General Assembly, sending a clear message: “Greece is not a threat to your country. We are neighbors. With this message the prime minister extended a hand of friendship to the Turkish people but also warned Erdogan that he will not let anyone threaten our sovereignty and this he said is my red line”.
“This is my 4th speech as prime minister here. I am always open to dialogue and resolving disputes in a manner consistent with international law. Turkey is an important NATO member country and if it chooses to be an ally of Greece and the EU. He achieved a deal to export grain from Ukraine but continues to play a destabilizing role in the eastern Mediterranean. The leadership of Turkey has a strange obsession with my country. They threaten to come at night. This is the language of an aggressor, not a peacemaker. It threatens sovereignty in the Aegean and develops a narrative that begins with the Imia crisis with a casus belli. This narrative continues and has threatened our dominance in large islands such as Chios and Rhodes. The threat is increasing and is characterized by escalation and aggressive rhetoric and violation of sea and air rights. And I ask, is this behavior consistent with a NATO member country? Turkey’s demands for the sovereignty of the Greek islands are baseless and absurd. This is a red line that I will not let anyone cross.”
Mutually acceptable solution to the Cyprus issue – Russia turned natural resources into a weapon
The prime minister referred to the energy crisis and the factor that caused it in Russia saying: “Across Europe we are facing the possibility of a difficult winter. Russia has turned its natural resources into a weapon. It won’t work. We will support our citizens to promote energy efficiency. Never again will we allow ourselves to be threatened. We know we will pay a price because we are on the right side of history. The fight against fake news must not continue. Ukraine is not the only country in post-war Europe under attack. Cypriots live on an island divided by an illegal occupation. Ankara insists on unacceptable requests for a two-state solution. Greece strongly supports the efforts of the G.C. for a mutually acceptable solution”.
As long as it takes the Parthenon Sculptures will return home
The prime minister also referred to climate change and the preservation of cultural heritage. “Greece, in collaboration with UNESCO, has referred to the catastrophic consequences that climate change can have. The effort to reunite the Parthenon Sculptors had the support of all of you and I thank you for that and as long as it takes the Parthenon Marbles will return home.”
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