ATHENS – With tensions rising between the countries over Turkish violations of Greek airspace and sending energy drill ships off Cyprus, Turkey now has added to its verbal arsenal claims that Greeks fighting for independence from the Ottoman Occupation committed “inhumane practices” against Muslims.
There was no mention of the atrocities or slaughters of Greeks that were routine under the Turks and the concern in Greece, said Kathimerini, is that Turkey is throwing on the pile of provocations another wild allegation.
Greece’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexandros Gennimatas, trying to get Turkey to ramp down the language said that, “Turkey’s insistence on distorting history is unbecoming of a modern state.”
He said Turkey should “reflect on its historical responsibilities, especially regarding its conduct toward the Greek minority,” and that the country should “follow Greece’s example and, at long last, work to consolidate good-neighborly relations in our region and, of course, its European prospects.”
Greece supports Turkey’s hopes of joining the European Union despite the constant pressure being put on by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and has been reluctant to be too tough, fearing he will unleash more refugees and migrants who came to his country fleeing war and strife in the Middle East on overwhelmed Greek islands Gennimatas’ statement came as Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias was meeting his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Geneva, on the sidelines of the Strategic Dialogue on the Western Balkans Leaders Summit,”an initiative of the World Economic Forum.
Apparently responding to comments made by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on the Armenian genocide during a recent visit to Yerevan, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy also accused Greece of having “systematically annihilated Turks and Muslims in the region during and after the period of independence from the Ottoman Empire.”
“We witness that Greece continues to take side with the hostile circles against Turkey and support their baseless stance and allegations,” Aksoy said without explaining why people fighting for their lives and independence wouldn’t kill an enemy trying to kill them.
“Even today, Greece continues its inhumane practices against its Turkish minorities, taking it as far as to punish muftis with imprisonment for performing a Friday prayer,” he added, in reference to a Turkish cleric being sentenced to jail in northern Greece