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Sharp reply Athens to Turkey: Greece does not accept lessons on the implementation of the Treaty of Lausanne

Angry response of Foreign Minister in Turkey for their muftis: "To put an end to intervention logic – We do not accept lessons - Unacceptable your statements "….

"Greece does not accept lessons on the implementation of the Treaty of Lausanne, international law and the ECHR decision, from Turkey" the representative answered the Foreign Ministry, Alexander Genimatas, a reporter's question on Turkish FM representative placement of issue of the Muslim minority in Thrace.

"Members of the Muslim minority in Thrace, όπως την ορίζει σαφώς η Συνθήκη της Λωζάνης αλλά επιμένει να αγνοεί η Τουρκία, enjoy equal rights as all Greek citizens, in the context of fairness and equality before the law guaranteed by the Constitution ", has a message the Foreign Ministry spokesperson.

"In this context, It makes clear that Greece firmly proceed with the necessary reforms to further upgrade the quality of life of members of the Muslim minority.

In this direction, Stresses that recently instituted and specific measures relating to Sharia, for which he expressed his congratulations to the ECHR, and made a consequent improvement of the functioning of Mufti, that preserve judicial powers, to consolidate a sound and efficient management, with guarantees for litigants targeting the Mufti.

Apparently the reference to the establishment of a new government agency is untrue ", further notes.

Concluding the spokesman of Foreign Ministry stresses that «Turkey should end its intervention logic and reproduction unacceptable statements and understand firstly that the above is only an internal affair tisThraki Greece and, Secondly, the inexorable reality of history and the numbers show that the Muslim minority who live in Thrace, enjoy the freedoms and rights.

Furthermore, notes that seamlessly grows, in a modern, European country ".

Tough statement of the Turkish Foreign Ministry against Greece for their muftis in Thrace

The strong reaction of the Turkish Foreign Ministry led the signing of the decree recently signed and regulates among other matters of succession and family law of the Muslim minority in Thrace. Greece to lodge complaints for violation of the Lausanne Treaty, while across the communication speaks Turkish minority.

In his statement, the representative of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Hamish Aksoy, states:

"First the Greece violate the Treaty of Lausanne, μη αναγνωρίζοντας τους εκλεγμένους από την “Turkish” μειονότητα Μουφτήδες.

This time instead to correct these wrong practices, Greece increases the violations, putting the service of the Mufti and work of minority Muftis, under control of a newly created government body.

This Decree includes rules on the administrative framework, structure and authority of the Mufti, constitutes a clear violation of the Peace Treaty of Lausanne 1923, which guarantees the right of minorities to establish and manage its own religious and charitable institutions.

Decree, draft of which is from August 2018 rightly causing strong reaction Minority, cancels the rights of the Turkish minority in Greece, guaranteed by the Treaty of Lausanne.

The decree clearly aimed at destroying the institutional autonomy of Muftis turning them into a regular government institution, It is not accepted by the Turkish minority in Greece ".

The Turkish Foreign Ministry even lodge complaints to Greece that has not made a substantial contact with the representatives of minority or take their views into account.

instead, notes, "To draft the decree entrusted certain circles known to be a source of problems and oppressive practices against the Turkish Minority".

"This proves once again that the attitude of Greece towards the minority is far from that of good intentions.

What you should do is Greece recognize the elected Muftis and avoid the mistake of placing illegally appointed ".

We also expect Greece to implement the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, on NGOs banned by the Turkish authorities because they brought the word "Turkish / or" in their names.

To reassure the minority for full control of vakıf estate, restore minority members who have been deprived of citizenship and to respond to requests for initiation of minority kindergartens and schools at other educational levels.

These developments further exacerbate the negative file violation of religious freedom and the Turkish meinotitas Rights by Greece and the fact that they take place in an EU country as a further source of concern ".

In a statement, end, the representative of the Turkish Foreign Ministry calls follows international organizations to monitor the situation of human rights in Greece and assures that Turkey will continue to defend its legitimate interests and requests of the Turkish minority.

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