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Reactions to PM's visit to Erzurum

Δημοσίευση 8 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 11:54 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Reactions to PM's visit to Erzurum
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Main opposition New Democracy party vice-president Dimitris Avramopoulos, in a statement on Prime Minister George Papandreou's address in Erzurum, Turkey, said that "the prime minister's participation in the annual meeting of the Turkish diplomats in Erzurum and secret discussions with the Turkish prime minister, obscure even further the under duress, at this time, Greek-Turkish relations, creating questions, skepticism and concern."

Main opposition New Democracy party vice-president Dimitris Avramopoulos, in a statement on Prime Minister George Papandreou's address in Erzurum, Turkey, said that "the prime minister's participation in the annual meeting of the Turkish diplomats in Erzurum and secret discussions with the Turkish prime minister, obscure even further the under duress, at this time, Greek-Turkish relations, creating questions, skepticism and concern."

According to Avramopoulos, "it is certain that the prime minister was dragged to this meeting, without diplomatic preparation and a specific agenda."

 

Gov't spokesman

 

On his part, government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis called on the main opposition New Democracy party "to read, even elementarily, the prime minister's address at the conference of Turkish ambassadors," adding that "with audacity is ascertaining queries and unfortunate diplomatic moves in the visit by Mr. Papandreou to Turkey", as well as the opposition parties "that discover 'secret diplomacy'," as he said.

LA.OS

Opposition Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) leader George Karatzaferis on Friday referred to the Greek foreign policy moves as being “unthinkable” and expressed opposition to the visit of Papandreou to Erzurum.

Speaking to private television, Karatzaferis stressed that a new opportunity is being created in the energy sector of the greater area, adding that an alternative front by Qatar, Egypt, Israel and Greece can be created. “We are given an opportunity to lead ourselves out of the dead end that followed the shutting down of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline,” he stressed.

He also maintained that Turkey creates “fait accompli conditions through diplomacy” and stressed that Greece’s future passes through the exploitation of its mineral resources.

Finally, the Coalition of the Left (SYN) Political Bureau on Friday accused Papandreou of “continuing a policy of secret diplomacy” referring to his meeting with his Turkish counterpart in Erzurum.