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Statements of Foreign Minister Kotzias and the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Cyprus, Ioannis Kasoulides, following their meeting (Foreign Ministry, 22 July 2017)
Foreign Minister Kotzias’ statement on the 42nd anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus (20 July 2016)
Greece is a natural gateway between Europe - Asia and a factor of stability in the region
Article by Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on The Future of ASEM and its Vision for the 21st Century for Asia - Europe Foundations Digital Publication “20 Years of Asia-Europe Relations (11.07.2016)
Greek islands: Welcome Home
From Corfu to Rhodes and Kastellorizo, from Thassos to Crete and Gavdos, experience something that goes beyond just a holiday. Experience the feeling of coming home.
It is with feelings of particular joy that I am here among you, just three months after my recent visit to Cyprus, this past April. At the same time, it is a special honor to be representing the...
"Greece is a European anchor of democracy, peace, stability and security. We’re always protecting human rights and we try to have the best possible relations with all our neighbors."
We express our unequivocal condemnation and abhorrence of the new, deadly terrorist attack in France. Our thoughts are with the French people and the families of all the innocent victims, to whom we...
Individuals interested in the position of concierge/Door attendant at the Embassy of Greece in Ottawa are requested to submit at the Embassy a brief bio, including their job experience: 80 Maclaren...
JOURNALIST: What repercussions might the coup in Turkey have for our country, Mr. Minister? What worries you the most?N. KOTZIAS: For some time now, I have been underscoring that Turkey is distinguished for a restiveness, a term used to describe Germany in the 19th century. A restiveness followed by the...
I. KASOULIDES: It is a great pleasure to be in Athens again. Our talks today with Foreign Minister Kotzias were a working meeting, because together we worked on the ideas that will have to be submitted in the negotiations on the issue of Security. We are talking about the need...
JOURNALIST: Mr. Minister, what is the position of the EU 28 on the developments in Turkey?N. KOTZIAS: There will be an announcement. I think there are three issues we agreed on. The first is that we condemn the coup and certainly support the institutions and constitutionality in Turkey. Second, we...
Long term protection pays off in Greece and this year marked a preservation status improvement of the Caretta Caretta Sea Turtle and the Mediterranean Monk Seal in the global Red List of Threatened...
With over 1 million refugees / migrants having arrived via the Turkish coast in Greece since 2015, our country is one of the EU countries most affected by the ongoing crisis. This...
Eleni Antoniadou is the recipient of the Sciacca “Science 2016” International Award. That’s another yet award for the Greek scientist, who has repeatedly received recognition for...
1. Following an in-depth investigation that was carried out, it arises that at the specific time at which the tragic event occurred, a few dozen meters off the Turkish coast, two (2) Frontex vessels were also patrolling in Greek territorial waters east of the island of Lesvos. The reports of these vessels indicate no involvement whatsoever in the tragedy that was taking place. Thus, the claims of a portion of the Turkish press are totally groundless and bear no relationship with the reality of the situation.
2. Regardless of the above, it is clear that every possible effort must be made to combat the organized trafficking rings, so as to prevent the embarkation of refugees on unsafe and unseaworthy vessels – in inclement weather conditions such as those currently prevailing and those prevailing at the time of the incident – and thereby avert tragedies like the one that took place yesterday.
It should be noted that, in the last two days alone, in the maritime region off the island of Lesvos – in very inclement weather conditions (6 to 8 Beaufort) – 2,156 refugees were in mortal danger but, with the assistance of the Hellenic Coast Guard and Frontex, disembarked safely on the island.
Within the framework of its mission, the Coast Guard continues unabated it tireless efforts to guard our country’s maritime boarders and safeguard the highest good of human life, with total dedication to legality and full respect for fundamental human rights.
Indicatively, in the year 2015, on thousands of Hellenic Coast Guard search and rescue operations, with the assistance of vessels from the EU member states participating in operation “Poseidon”, over 103,000 refugees and migrants were rescued from the sea.
3. Finally, we consider that the attempts made by such reports to place blame on third parties do not assist the efforts being made by the whole of the international community to effectively manage issues concerning refugee flows.