Ladies and Gentlemen,
Je tiens à remercier le Président sortant de la 66ème session de l’Assemblée Générale, M. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser de l’Etat du Qatar, et à féliciter M. Vuk Jeremic de la République de Serbie pour son élection au poste du Président de la 67ème session de l’Assemblée Générale. Je tiens également à exprimer ma gratitude à notre Secrétaire General, M. Ban Ki-moon, qui continue à guider notre Organisation sans relâche au sein d’un environnement global qui change constamment. Je saisis cette occasion pour aligner les positions de mon pays à celles exprimées dans la déclaration faite par l’Union Européenne.
La Grèce continue à être pleinement engagée avec les Nations Unies, dévouées aux objectifs de la paix, de la sécurité et à l’amélioration du niveau de vie des gens partout dans le monde, afin qu’ils puissent vivre en dignité.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
At the recent High Level Meeting on the Rule of Law, the UN member states reaffirmed their commitment to one of the most important principles, underlying international order, that should be our guide in the conduct of diplomacy and international relations. We fully agree with the UN Secretary General’s statement: freedom of expression is a “fundamental” right and privilege of all people, without any discrimination which, however, should not be abused by anyone in a disgraceful and shameful way.
Both in Chicago and here in Boston, following the meetings I had with the two governors, we decided on the promotion of economic and trade relations with Greece and, of course, the promotion of investments in our country. I had the opportunity to meet with Greek American organizations as well, and to attend a special reception with the American Jewish Committee.
Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos will meet at the Foreign Ministry at 14:30 on Wednesday, 12 September 2012, with the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, Fathallah Sijilmassi, who is visiting Greece.
D. AVRAMOPOULOS: It is with real pleasure that I welcome the Foreign Minister and my good friend Erato Kozakou-Markoullis to the Foreign Ministry today, following the previous meetings we had. Our talks with our friend Erato take place, as you know, in an excellent, warm, sincere and friendly climate.
Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos met yesterday with the Speaker of the Canadian Senate, Noël A. Kinsella. During the meeting, which took place in a warm climate, the Speaker of the Canadian Senate stressed that the main goal of his visit was to express Canada's solidarity with Greece, underscoring his country's respect for the huge efforts and sacrifices the Greek people are making to confront the crisis.
Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos will represent Greece at the “Gymnich” informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers taking place in Cyprus on 7 and 8 September, within the framework of the Republic of Cyprus’s current Presidency of the EU Council. The issues on the agenda include water resources and education as horizontal policies, as well as the latest developments in Syria.
D. AVRAMOPOULOS: As you all know, the four of us represent governments of very close countries. We are neighbouring countries, we have had long lasting relations throughout the centuries. This is an initiative undertaken by all of us to come here, with a common voice, and express our support, our solidarity, and our encouragement to the leadership of this great nation. As it was said before, we had a very fruitful and constructive discussion with the President of the Republic of Egypt.
Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos met today with a Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) company delegation headed by the Managing Director of the TAP Project, Kjetil Tungland. The meeting saw confirmation of the strong political will behind the project and the strong interest in carrying it out in coordination with all the interested sides. Various aspects of the plans were also discussed.