(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Greece does not recognize the Turkish community living in
Western Thrace as an ethnic minority, thus violating a major
international treaty, Türkiye's top diplomat said, trend reports citing
'Greece persistently continues to violate the Lausanne Treaty
and the basic human rights of the Turkish minority. Our brothers in
Western Thrace were never and shall never be alone!' Mevlut
Cavusoglu said on Twitter.
Cavusoglu's remarks came after he met with members of the
advisory board of the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace in
Türkiye's capital Ankara.
The Western Thrace region - located near Greece's northeastern
border with Türkiye - is home to a substantial, long-established
Muslim Turkish minority numbering around 150,000.
Cavusoglu also shared a list of discriminatory practices Greece
has perpetrated against the Turkish community, including preventing
them from using the words 'Turk' or 'Turkish' in the names of their
schools and foundations and barring them from electing their
The rights of Turks of Western Thrace are guaranteed under the
1923 Treaty of Lausanne. But over the decades, the situation has
seriously deteriorated, with Greece refusing to carry out rulings
by the European Court of Human Rights.
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