In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis chose to highlight the benefits of cooperation rather than point-for-point against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s aggressive speech earlier this week.
Noting that Ukraine was not the only European country to be invaded since World War II, Mitsotakis pointed out that the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and the denial of Cyprus’ sovereignty by denying it the right to its exclusive economic zone mentioned attempts to undermine the
More closely, Mitsotakis said Turkey made “unsubstantiated and unacceptable claims” against the Greek islands, ignoring the 100-year-old Lausanne Treaty. Disputing Greece’s territorial integrity is an “absolute red line” for all Greeks and an issue on which he “never compromises” as prime minister.
In response to any criticism of Turkey, Mitsotakis decided to emphasize the benefits of cooperation, not just the issues affecting Greece and Turkey. In a deliberately understated speech, the Prime Minister, known for his brevity, also referred to the European Union’s response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, its efforts to overcome Russia’s “threat” over natural gas, and said: In relation to energy, Mitsotakis said greater multilateral cooperation is needed to address the challenge of climate change.
Regarding Turkey in particular, Mitsotakis said that the majority of the Greek and Turkish peoples did not want conflict, referring to the “courage” of past leaders Eleftherios Venizelos and Kemal Ataturk, who met and signed a friendship pact in 1930. Yes, the countries were at war.
As for Erdogan, who has repeatedly said he does not want a meeting, Prime Minister Mitsotakis said he was always open to meeting him, which could take place at next month’s European summit in Prague. suggests that there is The EU invited Turkey, the UK and Ukraine to the summit on Thursday, an idea first put forward by French President Emmanuel Macron.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1194032/mitsotakis-at-un-lauds-value-of-cooperation/ UN’s Mitsotakis praises the value of cooperation