Minister of National Defense Akar reacted harshly to Greek parliamentarians who made anti-Turkey statements at the joint meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) Political Commission and the Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group.
The joint meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) Political Commission and the Special Group on the Mediterranean and Middle East started in Istanbul.
Following the discussion of the Report of the Special Group on the Mediterranean and the Middle East, Minister Akar addressed the opening session and shared Turkey’s approaches to defense and security issues.
“If you call the northern part of Cyprus an occupation, it means you want to fight from the beginning”
After his speech, Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar answered parliamentarians’ questions. Responding to the questions of Lithuanian and Spanish parliamentarians on the developments in Ukraine and NATO, Akar reacted harshly when a Greek parliamentarian used the phrase “Your occupation continues in the north of Cyprus” during his question and said the following:
“If you call the north of Cyprus an occupation, it means that you want to fight from the beginning. Turkey is not an occupier in northern Cyprus. Massacres and coups were carried out there until 1974. Even the lives of Greeks were endangered. We carried out the Peace Operation in 1974. Since 1974 until now, both the north and the south have been living in peace and tranquility. We need to see this. We should not be biased. In 2014, despite all its shortcomings, the Turks accepted the UN’s Annan Plan for a solution. The Greek side did not accept it.”
Emphasizing that the terrorist organization PKK/YPG killed 40 thousand of our people and FETÖ killed 251 people, Akar said, “We are making intense efforts to save our country and nation from the scourge of terrorism. We are determined on this issue. We have no other purpose. If you give a place in the camp there to the PKK/YPG and FETÖ, which we are fighting, which harms our people, which killed 40 thousand people and murdered 251 people, this is not an alliance, this is against friendship. This situation also harms the alliance, it is against the spirit of alliance.”
“No one knows about Lavrion camp”
When the Greek parliamentarian said, “There is no such thing,” Minister Akar said, “Don’t say there is not. Everyone knows about the Lavrion camp in Greece. Likewise, PKK/YPG members are doing everything in Sweden. This has nothing to do with humanity, democracy or human rights. If terrorists are given so many opportunities, it is normal that we do not want to be with these people.”
Upon the words of another Greek MP, “The Turkish Air Force is flying over the Greek islands,” Akar responded as follows:
“Greek planes came to our mainland on April 27 and violated our airspace in Datça, Didim and Dalaman. You will violate our airspace from so many kilometers away, from Greece’s mainland to Turkey’s mainland, what do you expect us to do after that? We have radar images of these, we have shared them with allied countries. We responded to them on April 28.”
“Not in line with Greek courtesy”
Emphasizing again and again that the solution to the problems between Turkey and Greece can be through negotiations, Akar made the following statements:
“We have always and persistently stated that we are in favor of solving the problems through international law, good neighborly relations and dialogue. The first of these is consultative talks, the other is separation procedures, and the third is confidence-building measures meetings. We attach importance to confidence building measures meetings. Because the problems have many historical, legal and political dimensions. Experts need to come together and study these in detail. The first three meetings were held. We told the Greek side that we are waiting for the fourth meeting in Ankara. However, we have not received a response for two years. Support these meetings, tell your parliament about this issue when you return, and let’s find solutions to the problems together as Turkish-Greek sides.”
After Akar’s harsh answers, one of the Greek parliamentarians said, “I will not thank you,” to which Akar replied, “This is not an appropriate behavior for Greek courtesy.”