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Erdogan's talk of 'kinsmen' in Thrace raises concerns in Greece
The Greek Foreign Ministry on Monday urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to respect international agreements, expressing concern that his statement on Saturday, that Ankara "cannot ignore" its kinsmen in Western Thrace, Cyprus and Crimea, could undermine regional stability.
Speaking at the Recep Tayyip Erdogan University (RTEU) in the province of Rize about the campaign to recapture Mosul in northern Iraq, Erdogan said, "We cannot draw boundaries to our heart, nor do we allow it," and that "Turkey cannot disregard its kinsmen in Western Thrace, Cyprus Crimea and anywhere else."
His remarks were seen in Greece as an effort – informed by a neo-Ottoman narrative and romantic irredentism – to dispute past agreements that settled the borders between the two countries.
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