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Parliamentary questions
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27 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Ioannis Lagos
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Provocative statements by Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, about Thrace’s Muslim minority

‘We will continue to protect the rights of the Muslim Turkish minority in Greece, which derive from the Treaties of Athens and Lausanne.’ In this provocative and historically illiterate post on Twitter, Çavuşoğlu attacks Greece's stance on ‘pseudo-muftis’, saying: ‘We have reiterated our support to the mufti of Komotini, Ibrahim Serif, and the mufti of Xanthi, Ahmet Mete, who do not bend in the face of oppression’. Ostentatiously ignoring the fact that, under the Treaty of Lausanne, Thrace’s Muslim minority is purely a religious and in no way an ethnic minority, the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs brazenly extends his support to the ‘pseudo-muftis’ who have never been recognised by the Greek State, thereby demonstrating open contempt for Greece, European Union and international law.

It is outrageous that Turkey's activities in Western Thrace should remain unchecked by the Greek State and the EU, with the Turkish consulate playing a leading role both in the concerted efforts being undertaken to Turkify the Pomaks, who identify themselves as Greeks, and in Ankara’s unceasing efforts to appropriate the Muslim minority.

In view of the above, will the Commission say:

What measures will it take against Turkey, which has repeatedly violated international treaties and international law?

How will it respond to these provocative statements?

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