‘Hostile narrative’: Turkey criticizes Greek Prime Minister’s remarks at UN | New
Ankara accuses Athens of twisting facts after Greece’s prime minister says Turkey is undermining regional peace and stability.
Turkey condemned comments by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis who accused Ankara of undermining peace and stability in the eastern Mediterranean region and playing a “destabilizing role”.
Long-standing tensions between the two countries have recently erupted. Greece complained this month to NATO and the United Nations over what it called “inflammatory” rhetoric.
“Unfortunately, this statement [by Mitsotakis] was yet another example of distortion of facts and hostile narrative against Turkey. Turkey’s role in its region and beyond is well appreciated by the international community,” Turkey’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly said on Friday, using the country’s official name.
The two nations – North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies but historic enemies – have been at odds for decades over a range of issues, including the beginning and end of their continental shelves, energy resources, overflights in the Aegean Sea, the status of demilitarized islands. and divided Cyprus.
During his speech at the UNGA, Mitsotakis said Turkish leaders “seem to have a strange fixation on my country.”
“They are threatening that Turkey will come at night if it so decides. This is the language of an aggressor. From the UN, I would like to address…directly to the Turkish people: ‘Greece poses no threat to your country. We are not your enemies, we are neighbors. Let us move forward,” he said.
Turkey’s delegation to the UN has said Ankara does not question the territorial integrity or unity of Greece, calling it “false propaganda”.
“However, Turkey challenges Greece to engage in honest and meaningful dialogue in accordance with international law to settle not one but all legally related Aegean disputes,” he said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Greece this week of ‘crimes against humanity’, referring to its treatment of refugees, and earlier this month of occupying Aegean islands that have demilitarized status .