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Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Kotzias, regarding today’s communication ploys from opposition MPs
It is Mr. Loverdos’s right, if he so chooses, to continue to lie and to attempt to play a leading role in an absurdist fiction, in order to make the rounds of TV channels and radio stations.
But his appearance today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he arrived unannounced and spoke with an unauthorised diplomat – in my absence, no less – is yet another show of a lack of due seriousness.
As is well known, Prime Minister Tsipras, yesterday stressed that the presidents of the parliamentary groups may read the documents that concern the case of the sale of military materials to Saudi Arabia. Mr. Loverdos, at least as far as I know, is not the president of a parliamentary group. This, however, did not stop him from demanding access to the documents in question, without even invoking the authorisation of Mrs. Gennimata, which he claimed to have in an earlier exchange with the media.
Of course, the same holds true for Mr. Koumoutsakos, who, having yesterday lied from the floor of parliament, today made, via the media, a similar request, forgetting that he is not the president of a parliamentary group either.
There is always a standing invitation for Mrs. Gennimata and Mr. Mitsotakis to come, should they so desire, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a time of their convenience, to read the documents in question.
Finally, I call again the opposition parties to conduct themselves seriously and responsibly. Cheap communication ploys like the ones resorted to by Mr. Loverdos and Mr. Koumoutsakos have no place in a serious, democratic state.