01 February, 2007
Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis will visit Thrace, northeast Greece, on February 4-6 at the invitation of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Rodopi and Xanthi. During her visit, the foreign minister will meet with local officials and present the government’s positions on developmental issues.
Foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos on Wednesday pointed out that the cabinet's announcements on Tuesday confirmed that the Greek State would continue a steadfast policy of enhancing equality before the law and state that had been followed by all Greek governments so far.
Koumoutsakos added that there is no concern over the way the Turkish press interprets a policy of self-confidence followed by a modern European democracy such as Greece, noting that interpretations concern, commit or expose those who make them.
The government's policy is clear, Koumoutsakos said, referring to the settlement about to be reached concerning the accumulated debts of vacoufs (properties owned by religious foundations), adding that this will help take things forward and end the complication as dictated by the European reality, which Greece has a part in creating.
Responding to a question on whether Athens believes that a similar move will be made by Turkey, Koumoutsakos said that there is no correlation between the obligations undertaken by Turkey toward the EU, as a candidate state, and the evolutionary positive steps made by the democratic government of a country that is already a member of the EU.
He added that the Greek government follows its declared policy and its moves are not based on the policies of other states. He stressed that there is no correlation between the obligations of other countries and Greece’s policy toward the Greek citizens regardless of their faith, language or origin.
Source: Athens News Agency