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New York09.03.2009

Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis on Sunday stressed that the government displays a “constant and active interest in Greeks abroad,” adding that this was indicated by the recently tabled bill giving Greek expatriates the right to vote in Greek national elections from their country of residence.

Valinakis is currently on an official visit to the United States to represent the government at the events organised by the local Greek-American community to mark the 61st anniversary of the Dodecanese islands’ unification with Greece. Valinakis also met with Archbishop Demetrios of America.

The deputy minister attended several receptions, in which he referred to vital issues concerning Greece and outlined the Greek-American community’s important role in protecting and defending Greek interests.

Referring to the Cyprus issue, Valinakis underlined that the Greek government “is cooperating steadfastly and indefatigably” with the government of Cyprus, using the leverage offered by Turkey’s EU accession prospects and cultivating bilateral relations in order to persuade Turkey to give up its reliance on power and ‘faits accomplis’ and instead adopt the more European approach of negotiation and compromise based on the principles of international law.

Regarding the talks underway in Nicosia, Valinakis said that “we observe with regret that the process has not yielded results, because what little convergence occurred was of limited extent and value. We are concerned by the fact that the other party is continuing to propose unacceptable positions that depart from the rationale of a bizonal, bicommunal federation, as provided by high-level agreements and UN resolutions.

Source: ANA-MPA

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