Athens assures the Turks that the Greeks are not their “enemies”.

Athens assures the Turks that the Greeks are not their “enemies”.

(Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has accused Turkish leaders of undermining peace and stability in the eastern Mediterranean during the war, but has reassured the Turkish people that Greece poses no threat to their country.

Greece and Turkey, both NATO members but historical enemies, have been at odds for decades over a whole range of issues such as access to energy resources, overflights of the Aegean Sea, the status of demilitarized islands or the partition of Cyprus.

“Turkey’s leaders seem to have a strange fixation on my country. (…) They threaten that Turkey will come at night if it decides. This is the speech of an aggressor,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis said during a pre-speech the United Nations National Assembly.

“From the UN I would like (…) to address the Turkish people directly: Greece does not pose a threat to your country. We are not your enemies, we are neighbours,” he said. “Go forward.”

Tensions between the two countries have escalated recently. Greece has told NATO and the United Nations that it has regretted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent comments, which Athens considers “provocative”.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan this week accused Greece of “crimes against humanity” over the treatment of migrants, and in early September he accused Greece of occupying islands in the Aegean with demilitarized island status.

(Report Renee Maltezou, French version Matthieu Protard)

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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