Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne reviewed, saying that the treaty that drew the borders between Greece and Turkey following a bloody war, was not bring applied fairly.
But Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos rejected any change to the Treaty of Lausanne during a tense meeting with Erdogan in Athens.
Erdogan also said the rights of Greece’s Muslim minority in northeastern Greece are not being respected.
“The necessary support is not being provided to them in terms of investments… and there is discrimination going on,” he said, complaining also that some points of the treaty needed clarity.
Responding to that, Greek President Pavlopoulos, who is also one of Greece’s foremost law experts, said: “The Treaty of Lausanne defines the territory and the sovereignty of Greece, and of the European Union, and this treaty is non-negotiable,” Pavlopoulos said as Erdoğan sat stony-faced next to him, surrounded by Greek and Turkish officials. “It has no flaws, it does not need to be reviewed, or updated.”
Watch Pavlopoulos’ response to Erdogan’s claims:
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