The view that the issue of Hagia Sophia is not Greek-Turkish but an issue “between Turkey and the entire international community” was underlined by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kostas Vlasis on MEGA TV.
“Clearly this issue hurts the Greeks more. Nevertheless, it is not a Greek-Turkish issue, but an international one,” Deputy Minister Vlasis pointed out characteristically and reminded that the issue will be raised today to the EU Foreign Ministers by the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias.
Nikos Filis, head of Education of SYRIZA, was placed in the same line regarding the international character of the issue, and pointed out that “the proposals for ‘retaliation’ from Greece to Turkey within Greek territory, such as the house of Kemal, heard by the side of the government, are proposals that disorient us from the main issue, which is nothing more than how to deal with the Turkish provication.”
This provocation, according to Mr. Filis, was not addressed by the government as “we should drag Turkey into a dialogue with international alliances on the basis of international law,” as he said.