"Legendary" speech by Prime Minister Mitsotakis in Xanthi!

Western Thrace
Fri, 28 Apr 2023 10:07 GMT
Prime Minister Mitsotakis made a "legendary" speech on Thursday 27 April in Xanthi, mentioning the "legends about the religious minority".
"Legendary" speech by Prime Minister Mitsotakis in Xanthi!

It was noteworthy that Mitsotakis used the phrase "The relations between Türkiye and Greece should not be poisoned with legends about the religious minority" in his speech while mentioning the minority and relations with Türkiye.

Mitsotakis, who arrived in Kavala in the morning, travelled to Xanthi in the afternoon. After visiting a factory in Xanthi, Mitsotakis addressed his party members in the closed amphitheatre of Xanthi. In his speech, Mitsotakis also touched upon the minority and relations with Türkiye. It drew attention that Mitsotakis, referring to the Turkish minority in Western Thrace, used the expression "The relations between Türkiye and Greece should not be poisoned with legends about the religious minority".

Stating that Thrace is a region where citizens of different cultures live in harmony and peace, Prime Minister Mitsotakis said that the policy of equality before the law was first put into practice by Konstantinos Mitsotakis. Claiming that they have an understanding regarding Thrace based on equality before the law internally and on international law and good neighbourly relations externally, Mitsotakis said: "I would like to address our neighbours in a sincere way from Thrace, where Muslims and Christians live in peace under the European umbrella of Greek citizenship. I would like to say that Greece and Türkiye are heading towards elections. The relations between the two countries should not be a material for the tension in the election race. Moreover, our relations should not be poisoned by myths about the religious minority in Thrace. I do not think that there are any of our citizens who want to become a tool for other purposes. Turkish rulers should understand very well that the facts cannot be changed by falsifying the treaty and history. Of course, the facts cannot be changed by colouring the Greek islands and territories on the map, which will always remain blue, in red."

In his speech, Mr Mitsotakis stated that Greece was one of the first countries to rush to help in the earthquake disaster in Türkiye and added: "You cannot thank this and at the same time provoke it. I would like to emphasise once again from Xanthi that we respond to all kinds of aggression in a prepared manner. We do not dialogue with the irrational. We embrace and respond to every kind of goodwill. We are ready to examine the most fundamental issue between Türkiye and us, which is the determination of maritime jurisdiction in the Aegean and the Mediterranean. But we are against any attack on our sovereign rights. The other side of the Aegean should be careful about the words they use. At the same time, I hope they are sincere in their intentions."

Prime Minister Mitsotakis' statement that the relations between the two countries should not be "poisoned with legends about the religious minority in Thrace" by referring to the Turkish minority in Western Thrace and naturally the minority rights of Western Thrace Turks arising from international and bilateral agreements drew attention. This was the first time in Greece that a Prime Minister made a "legend" analogy about minority rights.

In Xanthi, where Prime Minister Mitsotakis came for his election speech, his non-serious attitude towards the minority and minority rights in the form of "legend" was characterised as political suicide by the minority.

Although it is customary for Greek political leaders visiting Western Thrace to make references to Türkiye in general, an experienced politician like Prime Minister Mitsotakis taunting the minority and minority rights with the characterisation of "legend" before the elections was considered as an attitude that discredits the Turkish Minority voters who are not inclined to vote for the New Democracy Party.

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