ATHENS – Kyriakos Mitsotakis , one of the two candidates for president of the New Democracy party, has chosen to address the Greek-American community just a few hours before Sunday’s runoff election through an exclusive statement to Ethnikos Kirix – National Herald. He did that, as he points out, on the one hand in order to express his satisfaction and appreciation for the messages of support he has received, and on the other, to state directly that with the help of the Greek-American community Greece can and must become respectable again, affirming that the Greeks Abroad will again become proud of their Greek origins.
In the same statement he underscores that he is personally very well aware of the issues that concern the diaspora, one of which is, as he mentions, being granted the right to vote in Greek elections from their permanent residences abroad.
He emphasized, however, that Greece no longer has any margin for error.
The exclusive statement of Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Greek-Americans follows in its entirety:
To the Greeks of America:
I am reaching out to you, a few hours prior to the elections on the 10th of January, in order to express my deep satisfaction for the messages of broad support that I have been receiving regarding my candidacy from the Greek-American Community, a part of Hellenism that I am attached with through ties of friendship and respect for a long time now.
I am well aware of what you have achieved; I am well aware of where you have arrived in the competitive society in which you live.
I am well aware also about the issues that concern you, on which I have stated my positions clearly, as for example, your right to vote from your place of residence.
My dear friends Greece is at a critical crossroad. We can not make a new mistake.
There is only one road. The one leading to the future, to the utilization of the tremendous potential of our people, and mainly our youth.
We do not deserve the Greece we have today. This Greece is not who we are. This Greece cannot make the Greeks of the Diaspora proud. Under a competent leadership, with a leader who is knowledgeable, experienced in the public as well as in the private sector, a leader who knows how the outside world operates, as well as with your help, we will win back respect for our country; we will put our economy on a course of stable growth, and we shall make Greek-Americans proud again of their Greek origins.