President Sakellaropoulou Receives Council of Europe Secretary General

September 30, 2020

ATHENS — President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Wednesday underlined the dedication of the Greek Chairmanship of the Council of Europe to the fundamental principles of democracy, peace, cooperation and human dignity, especially in periods of crisis such as the present, during her meeting with CoE Secretary General Marija Pejcinovic Buric at the Presidential Mansion.

Sakellaropoulou said that the Greek chairmanship coincides with the 70th anniversary of the signing of the European Convention on Human Rights and noted that its aim is to promote the importance of this Treaty for the protection of human rights in Europe.

In parallel, Sakellaropoulou referred to the escalation of Turkish provocations targeting Greece in the last period which, as she said, concern Europe as a whole. She also referred to migration and the burden Greece is bearing as a first-reception country and the need for solidarity and balance between humanism and safety.

On her part, Buric praised the Greek chairmanship's difficult role in the Council of Europe under the difficult conditions provoked by the pandemic.

In terms of the migration and refugee issue, she agreed that Greece has been greatly burdened and underlined the need to protect the vulnerable groups, with a focus on unaccompanied children.

On Greek-Turkish relations, she said that the start of a dialogue is a positive step in the right direction and expressed hope for progress, underlining that without dialogue there is the risk of violating the Council of Europe's principles.

Alternate Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis accompanied Buric to the Presidential Mansion as Chair of the CoE Committee of Ministers.


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