“If they leave, they will never be able to return to Gaza,” said the president of Turkey’s Good Party (IYI)
The president of the Good Party (IYI) of Turkey, Meral Aksener, used the example of Thrace and the Treaty of Lausanne to request that the Palestinians not be removed from Gaza, because if they leave they will never be able to return there, as she stated.
Speaking to her party’s Parliamentary Group today, Meral Aksener warned the Turkish government not to become a pawn in the US plan to clear Gaza of its civilian population.
“US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken recently visited our country. One point of the statement made after the visit caught our attention,” he said, noting: “They are said to have visited several countries in the region and significant steps have been taken to remove civilians from Gaza.” He noted that the solution to “Netanyahu’s atrocities” in Palestine is not to remove civilians from the region: “It is not the innocent Palestinians who must leave Gaza, but the murderer Netanyahu himself” he said.
“If you don’t want to betray the Palestinian cause,” he continued, “if you are serious about your proposal for a two-state solution, if you are serious about the idea of being a guarantor country, then you will not allow the Palestinian people, who are being bombed here and days, to be uprooted from his homes and his homeland”.
“Don’t play into the hands of the US, which plans to remove civilians, don’t leave our country, which you have turned into a warehouse for fugitives, to face a new wave of refugees” she said addressing the government.
At this point, Meral Aksener made a historical review of the Treaty of Lausanne.
“You know what her most important issue was Treaty of Lausanne; The most important issue was not to send the Turks from Iraq, Syria and Western Thrace to Anatolia. They sat down at that table to send all the populations that were supposed to be interchangeable, that is, all the Turks living in Greece, including Western Thrace, to Anatolia. But I am referring to the perception of those days in 1923-24, I am referring to a Turkey that had been flattened… But at that table they resisted. I too am a child of a family of exchanged refugees. We were sent from Drama and came to Turkey. But the Turks of Western Thrace stayed there.
Because if this population had returned from there, the relations between Turkey and Greece would not be the way they are today.”
The president of the Good Party commented that the Turkish state has never given up from the day of its foundation until today, no matter which government came to power, two things: “One was to prevent the Turkomans of Iraq from coming en masse to Turkey, to let the Turkomans stay in Syria and keep the Turkish population in Western Thrace there.”
Finally, Mrs. Aksener accused the Erdoğan government of not following this policy and appointing ambassadors based on party criteria who are unable to elect them to parliament, setting aside the executive staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is the bearer of the collective memory of the Turkish state.
Meral Aksener further commented that “the West focuses on Hamas’ terrorist acts and ignores Netanyahu’s terrorism, while the East focuses on Netanyahu’s terrorism and ignores Hamas, which slaughters civilians and gives Netanyahu a blank check.”
As he said, Turkey cannot be forced to choose between these “hypocrisies of the West and the East”. Turkey should only be on the side of conscience, law and justice, which the world seems to have forgotten, he said stressing: “In order to build lasting peace, Turkey should support those who are fighting for peace and not those who feed on hatred.”