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Editorial

Erdogan’s Audacity

October 16, 2020
By Antonis H. Dimataris

The man really has bottomless audacity.

While shamelessly violating the sovereignty of a neighboring country by dispatching a research ship and its navy to blackmail the neighboring nation into sharing its mineral wealth – violating (in essence, annulling) the Treaty of Sevres on which the rights of the two sovereign nations are based – meanwhile also ‘invading’ Varosha on Cyprus … before the rest of the world, Erdogan plays … the victim!

He is like the proverbial thief who shouts to scare the homeowner.

Speaking to his party's parliamentary committee a few days ago, Erdogan accused Greece of failing to deliver on its promises for negotiations with Turks in NATO and the European Union.

And this occurs at a time when the United States, on behalf of NATO, blasted him with an unusually sharp statement in which they accused him of deliberately attempting to torpedo the negotiations. And at a time when the EU – through Germany – has done the same.

Really, don’t the Americans and the Germans know whether or not Greece has broken its promises? And since it is certain that they would have known, would they ever have made such statements if they were true?

Of course not.

It is important that you read his exact words: "The 'Oruc Reis'," he told his party MPs, "has returned to its post in the Mediterranean… We will continue to give the response they deserve on the field, to Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration who have not kept their promises during talks within the EU and NATO platforms."

I repeat: "we will continue to give the answer they deserve," said the Turkish President.

What interpretation can one give to this statement? What is the "answer we deserve"? It is a threat that he makes often. To take our mineral wealth? To take one of our islands? To declare war on us?

What is he implying?

Isn’t that what he means?

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