Athens harsh response to Turkey - Ankara distorts reality
What Ankara said
Athens gave a harsh response to the Turkish Foreign Ministry for what it provocatively said regarding the statements of the President of the Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou about the Asia Minor Catastrophe.
"Once again, in violation of basic rules of diplomatic practice, the Turkish side succeeds against a top official of Greece, in this case, in fact, the President of the Republic", the Foreign Minister notes and continues:
"Unfortunately, the Turkish side distorts the reality once again and hides not only what happened in the past but also its ongoing policy, which violates international law on a daily basis, creating tensions and poisoning the climate between the two countries. ».
"Greece, rejecting in its entirety the Turkish objections, points out that the acceptance of the historical truth and the reconciliation of nations with their past is a leap of moral overcoming of differences between peoples and a guarantee of their peaceful coexistence for the future," concludes the FOREIGN MINISTER
What Ankara said
Earlier, the Turkish Foreign Ministry expressed its annoyance with the Palace of World Pontian Hellenism and the statements made by the President of Greece, Katerina Sakellaropoulou. In a statement, he characterized as unfounded the statements of the President of the Republic about the recent history and accuses Greece of crimes against humanity during the Asia Minor Catastrophe.
As the announcement states:
The unfounded statements of the President of Greece, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, during the groundbreaking ceremony of the "Palace of World Pontian Hellenism in Sourmena", which is planned to be built in the area of Elliniko-Argyroupoli in Athens, are met with sadness.
These allegations do not change the fact that it was Greece that attempted to invade and occupy Anatolia and that the Greek army was the one that committed barbaric crimes against humanity, especially against innocent civilians in the region of western Anatolia (s.s. Asia Minor). ). We would like to remind you once again that due to these crimes, which were also recorded in the report of the Investigative Committee of the Allied Powers, Greece was obliged to pay compensation for the damages resulting from its actions, which were contrary to its rules. Article 59 of the Lausanne Peace Treaty.
Frequent false accusations from Greece overshadow the steps to create an honest dialogue environment between the two countries to resolve the problems.
Such attitudes and behaviors are not in line with the obligations expected of government officials. In this context, we call on our neighbor Greece, once again, to show common sense and constructive perception ", recommends the Turkish Foreign Minister.