Greece, after the decision of Turkey to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque must immediately to impose sanctions against Ankara, and to close the Turkish Consulate in Komotini, the Museum of Kemal Ataturk in Thessaloniki, the border with Turkey, hundreds of illegal mosques.
this was stated by the ex-Deputy of the European Parliament, the President of the “Greece – the other way” NOTIS Marias, who teaches the institutional structure of the EU at the University of Crete.
“for many years, Erdogan was preparing the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a mosque. For this reason, being a member of the European Parliament in the 2014-2019 years, I have repeatedly condemned it in their speeches before the European Parliament,” said Marias.
the Professor said the decision of the Turkish leader’s provocative and completely illegal. According to him, it violates the UNESCO decision to declare the Hagia Sophia a world heritage site.
“the Hagia Sophia is not prey Erdogan, he belongs to all mankind. It is a symbol of Christianity. Turning it into a mosque, Erdogan provokes and offends not only Christians but all of humanity,” – said the MEP.
He is sure that the world civilized community is obliged to resist the call of Ankara and the answer is “no barbarity, no tolerance, no to Islamic fundamentalism.” The illegal decision of Erdogan to turn the Hagia Sophia into a mosque long ago condemned Greece, Russia, the European Union and the United States, not counting all the Christian religious leaders.
Marias believes that the international community, the EU .UNESCO and the entire civilized world must declare about the ongoing struggle that Hagia Sophia remain a Museum, and the Orthodox should stand against the desecration of the great temple of Orthodoxy, “against the abuse of our Christian faith.” He suggested stringent response and limitations.
“Greece should immediately impose sanctions against Turkey. To close the Turkish Consulate in Komotini Greece… must call on the EU to impose economic sanctions on Turkey, including a ban on the funding of Turkey from the EU and the European investment Bank, the freezing of assets of Turkish officials, the ban on the entry of Turkish officials into the EU and an embargo on imports of Turkish products,” said Marias.
he added that the only way you can send a message to Erdogan that “the Hagia Sophia is the greatest.