The Minister of National Defence Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos made the following statement concerning the choice of the TAP natural gas pipeline by the Shah Deniz II consortium:
"It is a great joy for me that the TAP pipeline was finally selected, as this choice justifies our systematic efforts and diplomatic initiatives during the past year, since the Prime Minister assigned me, as Minister of Foreign Affairs, with the coordination and political responsibility of the entire process; a process that began in June 2012 and was typically completed this morning.
The Minister of National Defence Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos held telephone discussion today with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus Mr. Ioannis Kassoulidis and of Croatia Mr. Vesna Pusić, who called Mr. Avramopoulos so as to thank him for the excellent cooperation they had with him during his tenure at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and wish him good luck in his new duties.
Mr. Avramopoulos also held telephone discussion with the Cypriot Defence Minister Mr. Fotis Fotiou, who communicated with him to congratulate him on assuming his duties.
The Minister of National Defence Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos received a telephone call from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu.
Mr. Davutoğlu thanked him for their cooperation during Mr. Avramopoulos' tenure at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and wished him the best of luck in his new duties.
A delegation from the Shah Deniz II consortium and the Ambassador of Azerbaijan Mr. Rahman Mustafayev visited today the Minister of National Defence Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos and briefed him on the developments concerning the procedure of choosing, between TAP and the Nabucco West, the pipe that will carry natural gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe.