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Defence Ministry on NATO Summit and national positions

Δημοσίευση 21 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 11:38 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Defence Ministry on NATO Summit  and national positions
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Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos mostly focused on the national positions and Lisbon's NATO Summit decisions in his opening speech on Monday at the 19th International Symposium of the Greek Union for the Atlantic and European Cooperation. The symposium is on security and stability in the 21st century and is taking place at the foreign ministry in Athens.

Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos mostly focused on the national positions and Lisbon's NATO Summit decisions in his opening speech on Monday at the 19th International Symposium of the Greek Union for the Atlantic and European Cooperation. The symposium is on security and stability in the 21st century and is taking place at the foreign ministry in Athens.

Venizelos said the decision to completely restructure NATO was a very important step the decision that will offer a "specific political character" to the new situation the Alliance now has to deal with.

The minister said that the country is facing an active threat from neighbouring Turkey at the same time that Greece is the basic proponent of Turkey's European prospect.

Referring to EU-NATO ties, Venizelos reiterated the need to safeguard institutional parity among all the EU's member-states and institutional parity between the two organisations.

Concluding , the Greek defence minister underlined that in a period of a deep social and political crisis that is affecting the standard of living and putting long established entitlements in doubt, a country and a continent going through such a crisis must highlight the parameters of national power from the lessons of history.