Wrong mes­sage

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Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan’s dogged in­sis­tence on con­tin­u­ing to bring up and at­tempt to cast doubt on the Lau­sanne Treaty signed in 1923 – an agree­ment which de­fined the borders of the mod­ern Turk­ish Repub­lic, in­clud­ing those it shares with Greece – is hav­ing a rather desta­bi­liz­ing ef­fect. The afore­men­tioned treaty has to a con­sid­er­able de­gree con­trib­uted to main­tain­ing peace and sta­bil­ity in a re­gion which had up un­til then seen nu­mer­ous wars and crises dat­ing back to an­cient times. Right now, what is truly un­for­tu­nate is that the kind of re­vi­sion­ist ref­er­ences be­ing made by Pres­i­dent Er­do­gan have re­ceived no com­ment from the gov­ern­ments of our Euro­pean part­ners, the United States or other pow­er­ful play­ers in the in­ter­na­tional po­lit­i­cal arena. As a re­sult, what is hap­pen­ing is that the wrong mes­sage is be­ing sent out at the wrong time.

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