Source: Republic of Greece – Foreign Affairs
In an interview on ‘Parapolitika 90.1’ radio, with journalist Panagiotis Tzenos, Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis discussed the Berlin Conference, Aikaterini Sakellaropoulou’s candidacy and Greece’s migration dialogue with the Visegrad countries.
Regarding the Berlin Conference, the Alternate Minister underscored that our country was absent from all of the processes concerning the Libya crisis in previous years, stressing that “the only time we were invited was to the Palermo conference, which was hosted by the Italian side, attended by over 30 countries, and essentially produced no result. We believe we would clearly have a constructive role to play in this whole process, and that is why we are continuing to press for our inclusion in the next stage.”
Mr. Varvitsiotis, who is on an official visit to Poland, highlighted that, since July, Greece has launched the migration dialogue with the Visegrad countries. “Since July, Greece did not maintain open channels of communication with the Visegrad countries, due to the disagreements we had over our perception of the issues. From July till now, I can say that we have been in ongoing contact, especially with those with whom we disagree,” he noted, adding that “we believe that, through this dialogue, we are mitigating these disagreements to find a middle way, whether this concerns funding mechanisms, such as the EU budget, or our very real and pressing problem with migration and the management of migration flows in the Aegean.”
In closing, Mr. Varvitsiotis commented that “we need alliances and dialogue in the face of these challenges. But this doesn’t mean we aren’t shaping conditions to make ourselves strong and capable of dealing with any challenge.”