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Turkish FM slams Greece over minority in Thrace

TAGS: Turkey, Diplomacy, EU

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu denounced Greece Friday, claiming it doesn’t uphold the rights of the Muslim minority in Western Thrace and doesn’t allow its members to call themselves “Turks.”

Referring to a decision by the European Court of Human Rights ordering Turkey to release Kurdish opposition politician Selahattin Demirtas from prison, Cavusoglu told CNN Turk that Greece has also failed to comply with verdicts by the court concerning minority rights.

He also slammed EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, for being “out of line” after her criticism of Turkey over the detention of journalists, academics and Demirtas at a meeting between the EU and Turkey on Thursday.

“You had to see their faces during our meeting when I challenged them and asked, ‘Why are you so silent when it comes to Greece’s noncompliance.’”

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