ABTTF's reaction to Kakoulidis’ statements
The Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe reacted to Mihalis Kakoulidis, who announced that it would initiate an initiative for the abolition of the newly established Western Thrace Fenerbaçe Association.
ABTTF stated that a person involved in sports should advocate unification, not segregation and marginalization.
The statement published with the signature of the President of ABTTF Halit Habipoğlu included the following statements:
“Sport rejects prejudices and has a unifying feature.
This attitude of Kakoulidis, a person directly involved in sports, towards an officially established association which had completed all legal procedures is totally against these beautiful features of sports.
Kakoulidis, whom is someone from our region, harms the peaceful coexistence culture in our region by portraying it as if there is an issue.
Moreover, Kakoulidis contradicts himself because there is no region called ‘‘Pontus’’ in the name of the association he chairs in our country Greece.
Kakoulidis also threatened the judge, who is a civil servant, in his statement, saying that, ‘anyone who signs the approval of this sports club should be removed from Komotini immediately’.
First of all, Kakoulidis should act responsibly as the head of a non-governmental organisation, and should encourage friendship and brotherhood in our region, not promoting marginalization.”