Ertuğrul Kürkçü, deputy of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) of the western province of Izmir, said Monday in a press conference held in Ankara that Turkey should either undertake or provide a zero interest loan for Greece’s 1.6 billion euro debt to the IMF due on June 30.
“Turkey can undertake 1.6 billion euro debt that Greece needs to pay. It is the biggest help that Turkey can do for its neighbor when times are tough. In exchange, it will earn the friendship of Greek people; turn the Aegean Sea into a sea of peace,” Kürkçü said in a press conference held in Turkey’s Parliament.
“Turkey’s humanitarian help in 2013 was $1.9 billion. Turkey’s resources are sufficient enough to make this aid to Greece. This support can also be offered to Greece as zero interest loan,” he further stated.
Kürkçü stated that Germany, the European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) pressures the Syriza government to protect the interests of money, not Greece itself. Kürkçü added that this approach is against the principles of the European Union.