Tsipras spoke to the SYRIZA parliamentary group in the House on Wednesday, in the aftermath of a statement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkey’s leader said on Tuesday that the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne “is not a sacred text” and is subject to discussion. The Lausanne Treaty delineates the Greece-Turkey borders, something that Erdogan seems to contest. This is the latest of the Turkish president’s statements challenging Greece’s sovereignty on certain territories.
The prime minister said that international treaties should be respected: “The Treaty of Lausanne is not contested by anyone and Turkey must understand that. At the same time it should be understood that Greece is a friendly country provided that Turkey has the same attitude.”
“It would be for the good of everyone in this troubled region that Turkey follows the path of prudence and understanding. It is in the interest of everyone, especially in this period,” Tsipras said.
The prime minister continued with the Cyprus issues, after the failure in bilateral talks between Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on Tueasday: “Despite the obstacles that appeared yesterday in solving the Cyprus problem, there is a solution, The Cyprus issue is an international problem, not a bilateral problem, because it has to do with the illegal occupation of the northern part of the island.”
Tsipras added that Greece will not interfere in the Cyprus issue, other than the matter of security, and that only the Cypriot people can judge the solution.