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Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias' statement regarding today's statements from New Democracy MPs on foreign policy issues

Thursday, 06 October 2016

New Democracy MPs are exposed by their constant and misguided adoption of lies and all kinds of inaccuracies from figures in the Albanian government against Greek foreign policy, even those promoted for reasons of domestic political expediency within Albania. I repeat:

First: Greece, at least under the present government, has never accepted the existence of a "Cham" issue.

Second, the Greek Foreign Ministry gave the Albanian side a non-paper setting out the Greek-Albanian disputes for resolution. The only reference made to the non-existent issue is that it has already been ruled on by the Greek courts.

Third, Greece notified the European Commission regarding the above in order to highlight Greece's red lines. It is at the very least nonsense for the underscoring of Greek red lines to be presented as internationalization of a non-existent issue regarding which Greece is supposedly requesting the Commission's mediation. The only one who, through carelessness, opened up the issue abroad was a New Democracy MEP.

Fourth, notification regarding our red lines was carried out preventively, because the party of the Chams is participating in the Albanian government, a fact that the current Greek government has condemned on multiple occasions.

New Democracy MPs are once again attempting to blow the country's foreign policy into the air along with the effort towards positive resolution of pending issues, among which the "Cham" issue is certainly not included. But this isn't the first time. I remind you of the attack an MP launched on me because I raised the issue of elimination of the guarantees and removal of the occupation troops from Cyprus.

We would expect a more responsible stance to be maintained by MPs of the main opposition party, especially when they are commenting on the handling of sensitive national issues.

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