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FM spokesman lambasts local press report dealing with ministry document

Δημοσίευση 1 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 09:37 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
FM spokesman lambasts local press report dealing with ministry document
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Α foreign ministry spokesman on Monday sharply criticised an article in an Athens weekly, appearing on Saturday, referring to a “selective publication of excerpts of a note signed by the foreign ministry directorate”, as well as a total “distortion” of the text.

Α foreign ministry spokesman on Monday sharply criticised an article in an Athens weekly, appearing on Saturday, referring to a “selective publication of excerpts of a note signed by the foreign ministry directorate”, as well as a total “distortion” of the text.

Spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras also referred to what he called an “arbitrary interpretation of the content and aim of the document” as well as blatant “misinformation”, in lambasting the publication in the weekly “Kosmos tou Ependiti” -- under the headline “Secret negotiations are brought to light”.

The news report revealed the content of an office document noting that “constitutes presentation of the limits of the Greek continental shelf in eastern Mediterranean”, “revelation of the Turkish demands concerning an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), continental shelf and Kastellorizo” as well as “the Greek positions”.

It was clarified that the document in question has no relation with the exploratory contacts process but “followed a relevant question by the service leadership aimed at exploring certain technical and legal aspects concerning the continental shelf to appropriately shape a Greek response to groundless Turkish allegations as regards our protests concerning the violation of the Greek continental shelf.”

The foreign ministry spokesman underlined that “the allegations on criminal negligence are without content, aimed at creating impressions”, while he also dismissed what he called a “theory of ‘secret diplomacy’ (which) serves only the prolongation of a phobic perception of the country’s foreign relations”.

Finally, the foreign ministry spokesman underlined that the responsible Parliamentary committee and the National Council on Foreign Policy will be briefed in detail on all issues concerning the EU enlargement and the Greek-Turkish relations by Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas.