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Deputy Foreign Minister T. Quick participates in Informal OSCE Ministerial Meeting (Vienna, 12 July 2017)

Saturday, 15 July 2017

In his remarks in the context of his participation in the Plenary and Roundtable of the Informal OSCE Ministerial Meeting on the issues of terrorism, prevention of violent extremism and radicalization, the Deputy Foreign Minister Terens Quick stressed the following:

•    "Greece, which is located in a very sensitive geopolitical region, puts great emphasis on issues concerning terrorism, extremism and radicalization. On the initiative of Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, two Ministerial Conferences on Stability and Security issues have been held in Rhodes. The first Conference was held in September 2016, and the second in May 2017.”

•    “Particular emphasis was put on initiatives concerning young people, who are the most vulnerable to the issues in question, and for this reason the Greek Foreign Minister proposed the creation of a university network for the exchange of ideas; a network that could create a wall of security against terrorism and extremism in the younger generations."

•    "Greece attaches great importance to the phenomenon of radicalization that leads to terrorism. With the state Security Authorities and through ongoing training of specific branches of the Greek Police, it has created a security shield for our country and for Europe, as Greece is on Europe's external border."

•     "Cooperation on Security issues should also be governed by the European political culture. And one of the key elements of European political culture has a name deriving from the Greek language: Democracy. And Democracy means equality, dialogue, solidarity, humanitarianism and bridges from all the states to all the other states, from all people to all other people; bridges that are much more useful than putting up walls and razor wire."

•    "The internet is one of the current means through which, mainly young people, come into contact with those who encourage terrorism, violent extremism and radicalization. But there are some countries – members of the OSCE – that prefer to take the countermeasure of shutting down the internet, prohibiting the use of certain platforms (Google, etc.). This is not simple censorship. This is not simply a solution. In fact, it is an aggressive policy that creates negative and dangerous reactions. Such policies increase violent extremism and radicalization."

•    "The OSCE's Ministerial arm should not overlook or circumvent its Parliamentary arm. Having been a member – for Greece – of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, I can assure you that the MPs of all the countries have great potential for discussing, approaching, smoothing over and even resolving political differences, and this is visible in the Declarations adopted. When the MPs meet at the conferences, twice a year, they stay in the same hotel, they eat and drink together, they are practically one big group of friends. And apart from anything else, they are the ones who have immediate access to the peoples of their homelands, hence being very useful  ‘tools’ for the issues of concern to our Organization."

•    "As Greece is a cradle of civilization, I would like to highlight that, in the package of terrorism, extremism and radicalization, we have the phenomenon of vandalism of antiquities and, subsequently, trafficking in antiquities. The OSCE should look with greater care at the protection of global cultural heritage."

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