The President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos attended the 192nd anniversary from the Battle of Navarino in Pylos on Sunday.
In his address, the President referred to “the major forces of our times and first of all to our huge European family, the European Union” and to Turkey.
The Greek President took the opportunity to aim his message at Turkey given the constant provocations it presents the region, saying that “today from Pylos, we send a message to our neighbour Turkey that for us the past does not teaches us the division and the revenge but the need to consolidate the friendship and the peaceful co-existence. But, this requires from Turkey to fully respect the total of the international and European law, let alone when its European prospect depends on this respect”.
Pavlopoulos noted that “this message lies in the fact that when it comes to the defence of peace and democracy through the relevant implementation of the international and the European laws, hesitations and delays are not allowed”.
“So, the major forces, and especially the European Union, due to its global role, should intervene at any time, in time and effectively, to safeguard the total respect to the international and European law” said Pavlopoulos.
Finally, Pavlopoulos underlined that “we Greeks, if necessary, will impose the total and sincere respect to the total of the international and European law with the support of our allies in NATO and of our EU partners and we will do it on conditions of solid unity as we have proved every time we have been called to defend our national rights”.