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Foreign Minister Droutsas’s interview on Athens 9.84 Radio, with journalists V. Paikos and M. Kottakis (excerpts)

The following are excerpts from Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas’s interview on Athens 9.84 Radio, with journalists V. Paikos and M. Kottakis:

·       “The Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is not a magic wand that resolves all the issues, as some are trying hard to convince us. The delimitation of the EEZ is not what creates the right to exploitation of the country’s mineral wealth. That right is already secured, so let’s not have any misinterpretations here, please.”

·       “Very serious work is being done by the Energy Ministry, but let’s not create myths or misguided expectations to the effect that Greece became a new Qatar or Saudi Arabia overnight. But at the same time, allow me to underscore – so that there should be no misunderstandings – that the government is of course not leaving any opportunity or potential unutilized.”

·       “Cyprus, too – because there is a lot of talk about this – has the same political approach as Greece. It is doing things with the EEZ as they should be done: in a responsible, serious and appropriate manner. Greece’s relationship with Cyprus is so close – it is fraternal, as we say. So, as soon as both of our countries decide that we have to do something – something that it is in both our interests – they will move ahead and do it very fast.”

·       “We are monitoring developments in Albania very closely. It is a neighbouring country. There is the Greek national minority there, which we watch out for with great care. We are in contact – I, personally, am in contact with the European Union and Ms. Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, because we believe that from the EU in particular, we need to see the right intervention. But Albania and the political forces in Albania need to recognize clearly that they themselves also have to contribute to their country’s stability.”

·       “We want consensus. We want cooperation, particularly on our national issues. I don’t think anything is dividing us on this. We have to deal with these issues together. What I am asking everyone is not to use national issues just to create a sensation.”

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