Guy Verhofstadt: Attempts by Erdogan to dispute the Lausanne Treaty were “outrageous”

Attempts by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to dispute the Lausanne Treaty were “outrageous,” Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt said on Tuesday at an Economist conference in Nicosia.

According to the head of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE) Group, “it was dangerous and provocative to dispute a treaty adopted 100 years ago.”

Verhofstadt expressed support for the efforts of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades to find a solution for the Cyprus problem. He noted that the negotiations were taking place at a time when Erdogan was laying claim to one Greek island after another and starting to dispute the Lausanne Treaty, with which Turkey had relinquished all claims on Cyprus.