Greek President Rejects Erdogan’s Demands of Lausanne Treaty Revision

President of Greece, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, rejected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s claims that the decades old treaty, establishing the current borders between the two countries, needs revision.

During the meeting of the two heads of state in the presidential palace in Athens, Pavlopoulos stressed that the Lausanne Treaty is non-negotiable.

The Treaty of Lausanne had laid the foundations for the friendship of the two countries and it was what should support that friendship, he added.

For us, the Treaty of Lausanne is non-negotiable and does not need to be revised, Pavlopoulos underlined to Erdogan.

Earlier, in an interview to Skai television, Erdogan spoke openly about controversial issues, challenging, among other things, Greece’s territorial sovereignty.

“Airspace and territorial waters and the different measurements can be improved,” the Turkish president said, disputing the Treaty of Lausanne that indicates the borders of the neighbouring countries.

“I think during the course of time, all of the treaties need a revision, and Lausanne, in the face of the recent developments needs to be spruced up, a revision if you will,” Erdogan said.

Pavlopoulos also said that Turkey’s European course will benefit its citizens.

For this visit to be historic, it required complete respect for international law and the European acquis, Pavlopoulos said.

Pavlopoulos also stressed the need for sincere respect for international law and the European acquis, saying that this was an obligation for both EU member-states and candidate countries.

The Greek president underlined the importance of straightforward dealings between friends, while adding that honesty was an important element of friendship.

Moreover, any dispute can only be solved peacefully and on the basis of International Law, Pavlopoulos said.

He also asked for a sincere implementation of the EU-Turkey Agreement on refugees, given that justice and humanity were core values.