Pomak President of Thrace to Erdogan: “Why don’t you fulfill the Treaty of Lausanne in relation to the islands of Imvros and Tenedos?”
In his open letter to the President of Turkey, President of the Panhellenic Pomak Association and director of the Pomak newspaper ZAGALISA, Imam Ahmet, among other things, asks Recep Tayyip Erdogan why he does not comply with Article 14 of the Treaty of Lausanne, establishing the status of the islands of Imvros and Tenedos.
The following is an open letter from Imam Ahmed:
“Mr. President, I belong to the indigenous Pomak tribe, whose existence you also learned about during your visit to Komotini on December 8 and 9, 2017.
We watch with concern the slippery slope of your expansion. Under the pretext that supposedly Western imperialist powers are encircling your country in the Balkans, the Caucasus and the Middle East, you call on Hellas to demilitarize the islands of the Aegean and Kastellorizo, while your country has deployed thousands of paratroopers and offensive weapons at arm’s length from the Greek islands, threatening invasion.
Mr. Erdogan, what would you do if you were in Hellas?
Of course, you forget that these islands have been Greek for thousands of years, many centuries before your ancestors first encountered the blue color of the Aegean in their history. The islands of Imvros and Tenedos were also Greek.
Why don’t you comply with Article 14 of the Lausanne Treaty?
For the two islands, the establishment of the status of local autonomy and self-government is envisaged: “… They will have a special administrative organization consisting of local elements of government, and will be subordinate to it.”
Why do you violate Article 14 of the Lausanne Treaty and unilaterally demand from Hellas “implementation of international treaties”?