Greece doesn’t acknowledge the Turkish group residing in
Western Thrace as an ethnic minority, thus violating a significant
worldwide treaty, Türkiye’s prime diplomat stated, Trend studies citing
“Greece persistently continues to violate the Lausanne Treaty
and the fundamental human rights of the Turkish minority. Our brothers in
Western Thrace had been by no means and shall by no means be alone!” Mevlut
Cavusoglu stated on Twitter.
Cavusoglu’s remarks got here after he met with members of the
advisory board of the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace in
Türkiye’s capital Ankara.
The Western Thrace area — situated close to Greece’s northeastern
border with Türkiye — is residence to a considerable, long-established
Muslim Turkish minority numbering round 150,000.
Cavusoglu additionally shared a listing of discriminatory practices Greece
has perpetrated towards the Turkish group, together with stopping
them from utilizing the phrases “Turk” or “Turkish” within the names of their
faculties and foundations and barring them from electing their
The rights of Turks of Western Thrace are assured underneath the
1923 Treaty of Lausanne. But over the a long time, the scenario has
severely deteriorated, with Greece refusing to hold out rulings
by the European Court of Human Rights.