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Prime Minister’s Statement upon his arrival at the Extraordinary Summit of the European Council

Friday, 11 March 2011

Greece is at the epicentre of the decisions we are going to be making today, first of all on the financial eurozone crisis, and secondly of course on North Africa.

And on both fronts Greece is doing its best. On the financial eurozone crisis, we are on track with our programme. We have taken the pain to make our economy viable, but now we need European decisions, strong European decisions, to calm the market.
On the North African situation, Greece has been very active in the humanitarian efforts to evacuate many nationals, tens of thousands of nationals actually, from Libya to their home. And even today we had a successful cooperation with the Dutch, to help the Dutch extricate three of their members of the armed forces and bring them back home to Holland.

We will continue our efforts, but it’s very important that today the European Union makes decisions, historical decisions I would say, both on the financial sector issues, the eurozone issues, and of course on North Africa and on Libya.

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