Letter from conscientious objectors in Greece, Turkey and Cyprus to Erdoğan and Mitsotakis

“The mutual arms race, heavy military expenditures, and insistence on aggressive attitudes that antagonize Greece and Turkey serve as a significant factor hindering peace and cooperation,” conscientious objection organizations said in an open letter ahead of meeting of Erdoğan and Mitsotakis in Athens.

Conscientious objection organizations from Greece, Turkey and Cyprus have sent an open letter to President and Justice and Development Party President Erdoğan of Turkey and Prime Minister Mitsotakis of Greece in support of regional peace, demilitarization, and the right to conscientious objection.

The open letter has been written ahead of a meeting in Athens as part of the High-Level Cooperation Council and the resumption of dialogue between Greece and Turkey. “We believe that these talks should serve as a basis for specific, honest and solid peace-building steps that are long overdue and that will bring tangible benefits to our region as peoples of neighboring geographies, especially in these war-torn times,” it says.

You can reach the open letter is signed by the Association of Greek Conscientious Objectors in Greece, Conscientious Objection Watch in Turkey, and the Initiative for Conscientious Objection in Cyprus here.