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Parliamentary questions
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20 January 2021
Question for written answer  E-000305/2021/rev.1
to the Commission
Rule 138
Ioannis Lagos (NI)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Blatant disregard for the Lausanne Treaty by Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson

By referring to a ‘Turkish minority’ in Thrace, Mr Hami Aksoy, the Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson, was apparently reflecting the official position of the Ministry, ignoring the fact that, under the Treaty of Lausanne, the minority may not be referred to as ‘Turkish’ and only the designation ‘Muslim’ is allowed. He also claimed that ‘Greece is constantly infringing the rights of the Turkish minority of Western Thrace as set out under the Treaty of Lausanne and consistently failing to comply with the rulings of the Court of Human Rights by denying the Turkish identity of this minority’. However, while denouncing Greece for alleged infringement of Muslims’ rights in Thrace, Turkey itself has shown no regard for the human rights of the Greek minority in Istanbul, Ivros and Tenedos, notwithstanding its international obligations under the Treaty of Lausanne, Article 14 of which requires every guarantee to be furnished for the native non-Moslem population regarding local administration and the protection of persons and property.

In the light of the above:

1. Can the Commission indicate the EU position regarding Turkey’s continuous infringements of the Treaty of Lausanne?

2. What sanctions will it impose on Turkey for its moves to eliminate and displace the Greek minority in Istanbul, Imbros and Tenedos?

Original language of question: EL
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