New Democracy blasts Erdogan over Izmir fire comment

New Democracy blasts Erdogan over Izmir fire comment

Main opposition New Democracy on Sunday accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of undermining Greek-Turkish relations by attempting to falsify history after comments he made during an election rally in Izmir on Saturday.

In a speech at Izmir’s Chamber of Commerce, Erdogan reportedly claimed Greek soldiers burned down the the city as they retreated in 1922, at the end of the Greek-Turkish War.

“The provocative falsification of history by [Turkish President] Erdogan does not serve relations between our countries and our peoples. Instead it undermines them,” the party said in a press release.

“The election campaign in Turkey is not and should not be used as an alibi for such completely unacceptable positions,” it added. 

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