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Turkish fighter jets are in Cyprus while Turkish journalist are warning us of a loss of sovereignty scenario in the Aegean islands

The Turkish General Staff announced today the flight in the international airspace of the Mediterranean Sea, south of the island of Cyprus, involving warplanes that took off from various bases affiliated with the Turkish Air Force Command.

These are scenarios of an air blockade of Cyprus by the Turkish Air Force in a show of force in Nicosia.

There is certainly a reason why the Turkish journalist Abdullah Bozkurt is warning us indirectly that our islands are threatened by the megalomania of the AKP regime, which will bring the two countries into a direct war with thousands of victims.

He is well aware of the absurdity of the Turkish neo-Ottoman philosophy that is currently prevailing among many Turkish officials, who are calling Greece-Cyprus as target countries for the realization of the Turkish dream of "Greater Turkey", while he also knows what the neighbors are preparing in their defense industry, and he also decodes Erdogan's statements the day before yesterday from the Sangario about "war".  

 We insist on Bozcourt , because he has written about our islands in the past, and a few months ago, some people beat the crap out of him by sending him to the hospital for some time.

The Turkish journalist himself says that:

"Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan has issued a new threat to Greece, repeating his predecessor's claim that Greece's sovereignty over islands in the Aegean near the Turkish coast will be challenged, while also signalling that existing treaties regulating the status of the islands will be considered null and void. . He referred to Greek islands such as Mytilene, Chios, Samos, Ikaria, Lemnos and Samothrace, while recalling the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne and the 1947 Paris Peace Treaties, which established the status of the islands in the eastern Aegean.

Turkey's new threat came shortly after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Greece and pledged to strengthen friendly and good neighbourly relations with Athens.

In a letter to parliament on January 24, Fidan wrote: "The violation of the civilian status of the islands poses a serious threat to the security of Turkey and the region." He warned that Greece cannot claim sovereign rights to these islands unless Athens fulfills its obligations under existing treaties.

Fidan's predecessor, Mevlut Cavusoglu, issued a similar threat to Greece in February 2022. "These islands were ceded to Greece under the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne and the 1947 Paris Peace Treaties, on condition that they are not armed.

 However, Greece began to violate this in the 1960s. ... These islands were granted conditionally. If Greece does not stop, the sovereignty of these islands will be called into question. If necessary, we will issue a final warning," Cavusoglu had said in an interview with state-run TRT television station.

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan's letter:

Fidan's letter noted that "when the islands were given to Greece, the condition of demilitarization was imposed. Turkey has opposed the militarization of the islands by Greece.
The issue is raised on appropriate occasions in international platforms such as NATO and the OSCE, urging Greece to respect its contractual obligations."

Fidan further recalled that Turkey has documented its legal arguments to the UN by sending three letters to the world body in 2021 and 2022. In a July 13, 2021 letter to the UN Security Council, Turkey said that "the continued deliberate and persistent material breach of the demilitarization provisions of the Lausanne and Paris Peace Treaties, which are necessary to achieve their object and purpose, constitutes a serious threat to Turkey's security."

In a letter to the UNSC on 28 July 2021, Maria Theofili, the Greek Ambassador to the UN, questioned the Turkish claims

"On 2 October 2022, elements associated with the Command of the Landing Brigade conducted surface and air defense shots in the Aegean Sea.

Greece rejects all Turkish claims contained in the aforementioned letter regarding the alleged "material breach of its demilitarization obligations", as well as the claims that Greece's sovereignty over the East Aegean islands is dependent on their demilitarization, as completely unfounded, arbitrary. and in bad faith," she told the UN.

Turkish President Erdogan visited Greece on 7 December 2023, six years after his last visit, in what was seen as a charm offensive in diplomacy amid Turkey's troubled relations with the United States.

During the visit, the two sides signed the Athens Declaration on Friendly Relations and Good Neighborhood in which they stressed their commitment to strengthening friendly relations, mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and understanding," the Turkish journalist writes, suggesting that for Ankara, the Athens Declaration is an old document.

What Turkey is seeking in the Aegean Sea while not backing down from its illegal ambitions

It seems that the Turkish side is trying to put all the issues on the table and demand a comprehensive solution, wanting once again to "corner" our country.

According to the neighbouring press, the Turks are promoting a comprehensive package (of their own inspiration) for discussion, seeking to go as far as The Hague.

What the Turkish side is asking for:

Α. It raises the issue of the demilitarization of our islands, accusing Greece of violating the Lausanne Treaty.

Β. It also allegedly asks in some imaginary way for the "redefinition" of the sovereignty of some islands (changing the Lausanne Treaty) and the well-known issues of airspace, territorial waters ( EEZ), and FIR.

Turkey seeks to raise issues that have been definitively and irrevocably resolved by international treaties, in an attempt to "hijack" Greek territory with legal terminology, or at least this is what its political and military leadership naively believes.

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