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ND on gov't intervention regarding Distomo war reparations case

Δημοσίευση 15 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 12:14 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
ND on gov't intervention regarding Distomo war reparations case
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The main opposition New Democracy party expressed its criticism of Prime Minister George Papandreou for his positions on the subject of German war reparations during his tenure as foreign minister, up until 2004.

The main opposition New Democracy party expressed its criticism of Prime Minister George Papandreou for his positions on the subject of German war reparations during his tenure as foreign minister, up until 2004.

"The previous PASOK government, with the current prime minister then as foreign minister, not only failed to favourably handle the vindication of the Distomo residents by the Greek courts, but rather, proceeded with every action so that the decision would not be executed ... under the supposed criterion of national interest."

The ND announcement, nevertheless, expressed satisfaction over Papandreou's decision to now approve of Greece's intervention at the International Court at The Hague over a similar WWII-era case.

ND stresses, however, that according to a Memorandum signed by the PASOK government and with the acceptance of Article 7 of the Loan Contract, if Greece is vindicated at The Hague for war reparations against Germany, it will not be able to request an offset or counter-demand in relation to the loans received by country via the Memorandum.

"The government signed the Memorandum without negotiating it. It accepted tough measures and abandoned the country's rights," ND charged.

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