In the statement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “We invite Greece to once again respect international law, fulfill its contractual obligations stemming from the Lausanne Peace Treaty and other relevant agreements, and put an end to its policies of oppression and intimidation against the Turkish minority in Western Thrace.” words were used
The following statement was made by the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs :
” Greece has once again violated the rights and freedoms of the Western Thrace Turkish Minority (BTTA) that were guaranteed by international agreements, especially the Lausanne Peace Treaty, with a legal arrangement that it has accepted for Mufti offices in Western Thrace.
This legislation, which was prepared without consultation with the representatives of BTTA, once again ignores the Muftis elected by BTTA and thus the will of BTTA and freedom of religion. In this context, we fully support the statement made by the BTTA Advisory Board yesterday, reflecting the rightful reaction of our compatriots.
Article 40 of the Lausanne Peace Treaty grants the BTTA the right to establish, manage and control its own religious, educational and charitable-social organisations. The violation of this right by Greece against its contractual obligations has also been registered with the decisions of the ECtHR in the past.
While Greece should provide the BTTA with the necessary support and facilitation in electing, managing and structuring its Mufti, it is unacceptable to try to bring the Mufti under its own control, against the will of the BTTA.
With this legal arrangement, Greece continues to violate the religious rights and freedoms of our compatriots, which are guaranteed by international agreements, and tries to transform the Mufti institution into a structure under the control of the Greek state. Turkey does not interfere with the functioning of the religious institutions of the non-Muslim minorities in its country and the election of their leaders with such repressive laws and practices.
We invite Greece once again to respect international law, to fulfill its contractual obligations stemming from the Lausanne Peace Treaty and other relevant agreements, and to put an end to its policies of pressure and intimidation towards the BTTA.
We will continue to be a close follower of the rights and freedoms of our compatriots, as we have done so far.”