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Antonis Samaras / Letter to Mitsotakis with a New Variation in Greek-Turkish

With messages outside and inside Greece, Samara’s speech on Greek-Turkish at an event on the delimitation of maritime areas

The differences between the Mitsotakis line and the Greco-Turkish line were evident in the intervention of Antonis Samaras, in welcoming the event of the Greek-Cypriot Bar Associations, regarding the delimitation of the maritime zones, taking place in Nicosia.

The former Prime Minister, by his speech, sent multiple messages, both outside and inside Greece, and all this, a few hours after the end of the war. Revelation that his name was found In the list of people to watch is Megaron Maximus and Predator malware.

Antonis Samaras, during his intervention, emphasized that “in the past two years, Turkey has moved from ‘interrogation’ to practical challenges: it is encroaching on the already Greek EEZ east and south of Crete. With the Turkulov memorandum. Which has not even been ratified before Libya’s National Assembly. Now the United Nations has put ice on it. Turkey has also tried to create “gains” by sending its research ships to conduct surveys – or appear to be conducting surveys – in the exclusive economic zones under Greek jurisdiction. Turkey creates problems because it does not accept international law When it’s not in her best interest, asserting that this is why the “dialogue” with her no longer makes sense.

It is no longer a question of a dialogue between two different countries and it is natural for them to discuss and find between them – or to go to “arbitration”. Now it’s like… – let me say it again – “a pirate conversation”, trying to get our consent to snatch everything from us! No such approval will be given by the Greek government! Because no one has a “dialogue” with a pirate! Mr. Samaras added.

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‘Turkey needs a different approach’

Having also stated that Greece has shown the whole world time and time again that it is not the one that is provoking it, he said, “Now that Turkey’s practical challenges towards us have escalated constantly. Now that Turkey’s challenges towards the West as a whole have escalated. Turkey is emerging as an ‘ally of Putin’.” Now that Turkey has broken with Egypt again over Libya, now that Italy has changed its stance as well. Now that Turkey is becoming an increasingly “anti-Western” country, it is time to understand that Turkey needs a different approach.”

“And it may be an opportunity for another approach, without permanent appeasement – without recycling the phobic reactions” emphasized the former prime minister.

In conclusion, Mr. Samaras pointed out that it is not enough to be right, but you must also be able to assert your right, otherwise you will lose everything. “And one last lesson from the history of our country: he who underestimates the position of the Greeks, regrets it!” stated.

Here is a full tribute to former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras:

Friends and friends, assembled in Greece and Cyprus.

First, I would like to congratulate the Plenary of the Bar Associations of Greece, the All-Cypriot Bar Association for their initiative to organize this meeting, on the main substantive issues of Hellenism. It’s the second – after the previous one in Kastellorizo. And it will be as creative as it was at Kastellorizo. From two basic points in Hellenism, the sound is given to the concern of all Greeks.

The topic we will be discussing, on the one hand, is simple:

Greece has sovereignty and sovereign rights that it cannot give up. Just like every country in the world. In our case, basically:

Territorial waters and exclusive economic zone – the exclusive economic zone as we call it. A solution to the problem of energy supply for the whole of Europe can be found there.

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This makes today’s discussion very relevant.

The limits of our sovereignty and our sovereign rights are not arbitrary. It is clearly defined in the International Law of the Sea, signed in 1982, and is already “customary”, since all but a few countries of the world have acceded to it.

Therefore, international law clearly states that islands have full rights in marine areas, just as in land areas. Article 121.

But Turkey does not accept this! Turkey does not accept the international law of the sea, and claims, arbitrarily, that our islands have no sea areas. Why; Because that’s what he wants!

He also claims that the exclusive area of ​​Greece belongs to Turkey, because Turkey, he says…is bigger!

Something completely outside the logic of international law. Any law certainly does not distinguish the other rights of the “large” states and others of the smaller states …

In the past two years, Turkey has moved from “interrogation” to practical challenges:

It encroaches on the already Greek EEZ east and south of Crete. With the turquoise note. Which was not ratified, not even by the Libyan National Assembly.

Now the United Nations has put ice on it. Turkey has also attempted to create “gains” by sending its research ships to conduct surveys – or appear to be conducting surveys – in the exclusive economic zones under Greek jurisdiction.

Turkey creates problems because it does not accept international law when it does not suit it… That is why “dialogue” with it no longer makes sense.

It is no longer a question of a dialogue between two different countries and it is normal for them to discuss and find between them – or to take them to “arbitration”.

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Now it’s like… – let me say it again – “a pirate conversation”, trying to get our consent to snatch everything from us! No such approval will be given by the Greek government! Why “dialogue” with pirates, no one does!

But pay attention to this point: Greece has repeatedly proven to the whole world that it is not she who “causes”! I remind you: previously there was no Turkish-Libyan memorandum. Previously, there were no “flights” of Turkish research vessels within the Greek EEZ. In the past, Turkey’s constant deviations towards the West did not exist.

Now that Turkey’s practical challenges towards us are constantly escalating. Now that Turkey’s challenges to the West as a whole have escalated. Turkey is emerging as “Putin’s ally”, now that Turkey has once again separated from Egypt over Libya, and now that Italy has changed its position as well,

Now that Turkey is becoming an increasingly “anti-Western” country, it is time to understand that Turkey needs a different approach. And perhaps this is an opportunity to adapt again, without permanent appeasement – without recycling the phobic reactions.

But remember: it is not enough to be right. You should be able to assert your right! Otherwise, you will lose everything … And one last lesson from the history of our country: whoever underestimates the position of the Greeks regrets it! Bitter… Of course you know this. I say it so that those who do not know it can hear it. Or those who tend to forget it… Warm greetings to all of you – especially our beloved Cyprus. Good luck again.”