Greek President urges Turkey to respect history and law
The President of Greece, ProkopisPavlopoulos, yesterday urged Turkey to respect history as well as European and International law. Speaking at a ceremony in Psara, where he was named an honourary citizen of the island, Mr. Pavlopoulos stressed that Turkey should follow the example of Greece in respecting the sovereignty, territorial integrity and borders of the European Union.
“Greece is ready to respond in this direction and proves this constantly and in practice. Turkey must, however, understand that friendship and good neighbourhood – as well as its potential European prospects, which we support – require full and sincere respect for the entirety of international law, as well as European law, and therefore primarily the European acquis", Mr. Pavlopoulos said.
His remarks are in stark contrast to Turkey’s provocative stance over the last few months, which have included countless violations of Greek airspace by Turkish fighter jets as well as statements of a confrontational nature from Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as other high ranking Turkish officials. It will remain to be seen if Turkey will heed the advice of Mr Pavlopoulos rather than continuing their mob-lke behaviour.