Alt. Defence Minister Vitsas: Greece will not debate of negotiate issues concerning its sovereignty

Greece will not debate of negotiate issues concerning its sovereignty, Alternate Defence Minister Dimitris Vitsas said on Tuesday, adding that called on Turkey to tone down its rhetoric on Greece.

“At any case, we do not put on any table for talks or negotiations issues concerning the country’s sovereignty. We call on everyone who uses irredentist rhetoric either for domestic or foreign use to avoid referring to Greece which, as a sovereign state does not claim anything, but neither does it discuss any such issues pertaining to its national sovereignty,” Vitsas told parliament, responding to questions raised by a main opposition MP on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent statements which appear to question the Treaty of Lausanne.
The minister’s statement was made during a debate to ratify the country’s agreement with NATO.