Greek President Pavlopoulos: “Turkey’s Arbitrariness Shall Not Pass”

President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Yiannis Panagopoulos)

DUBLIN – President Prokopios Pavlopoulos on Thursday evening spoke of Greece’s firm stance regarding Turkey’s provocations, during his address at the official dinner held in his honor by Irish President Michael Higgins, as the Greek Head of State is in Ireland on a two-day visit.

“Greece keeps telling Turkey that its arbitrariness shall not pass, and that together with the European Union and the international community, we will defend in full our sovereign rights, with regard to the country’s borders, the continental shelf and the Exclusive Economic Zone of both Greece and the European Union,” stressed Pavlopoulos.

Furthermore, Pavlopoulos underlined that Turkey is dangerously undermining its European prospects, by blatantly violating international and European law.

This is shown by “firstly, Turkey’s continued arbitrary intervention in Syria and secondly by its attitude towards migrants and refugees – this being in breach of both its agreement on refugees with the European Union as well as the principles of humanity and fundamental human rights,” he concluded.

Pavlopoulos to visit Didymoteicho

The President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos is to travel to the town of Didymoteicho in northeastern Greece on Saturday, January 18, to attend the celebration of its patron saint Athanasios and events marking the 100th anniversary of Didimoteicho’s liberation.

At 10:30, the President of the Hellenic Republic will attend the Divine Liturgy, which will be held at the Holy Metropolitan Church of St. Athanasios, headed by His Eminence, the Metropolitan of Didymoteicho, Orestiada and Soufli Damaskinos.

At 12:45, the president will go to the Didymoteicho Town Hall, where he will be proclaimed an honorary citizen and then visit the military prison of Pythios.

In the afternoon, he will attend a formal dinner given in his honour by the Metropolitan of Didymoteicho, Orestiada and Soufli and then depart at 16:30.