Addressing journalists working for the Greek-American media here on Friday, Health Minister Andreas Loverdos relayed a message of optimism concerning the future of Greece, the course of the Greek economy and the stamina of the Greek people.
Loverdos was in New York to represent Greece at a United Nations conference on HIV/AIDS that ended on Friday.
The minister assured reporters that Greece will overcome the crisis, saying that the worst would be over around May-June next year and that the first signs of Greece's recovery will begin to emerge in December 2011.
"There will of course remain difficulties, such as the difficulties of unemployment and the reduction of incomes. But the country will have found itself again and have a future and it will be apparent that the citizens' problems will come to an end," he added.
According to the minister, the two summer months after the Medium-Term programme was passed would be crucial since it would have to be implemented rapidly and this would be the time when the basic changes would be carried out.
From September, the country will need to transmit positive news abroad and with a decisive stance, from May-June 2012 everything would be back on course for recovery, credibility and the prospect of prosperity, he said.
During his address to the UN conference on HIV/AIDS, Loverdos had expressed Greece's support for the position of the UN Secretary General to work on eradicating HIV infections within a decade. He had also highlighted the role of illegal migration and prostitution as factors that significantly contribute to an increase in HIV/AIDS patients in Greece.