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Saturday, February 17, 2018

“The Ambassador of Greece: refugees do not threaten the safety of tourists”

The refugee crisis does not threaten the safety of tourists in Greece. This was stated by the Ambassador of Greece in Russia Danae-Magdalini Koumanakou, speaking at the Union of journalists of Moscow. According to her, still there have been no situation in which asylum seekers would pose a threat to any of the citizens of Greece or for tourists.

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“The flow of refugees to Greece in a specific geographical place, – said the diplomat. – The policy of our government is that all refugees who arrive on our Islands, in the shortest period of time are forwarded to the continental part of the country. Despite great pressure, still had not had a single problem, which would be linked to security for local residents or for tourists.”

“The Greek authorities have repeatedly said, and most of Europe agree with them that to solve the problems of refugees requires collective action by the whole of Europe, as pointed out by Danae-Magdalini Koumanakou. – All recognize that a country cannot successfully to deal with it alone. At the moment the situation in Greece is very complex, because the pressure on the coastal part of our Islands continues. At the same time the decisions that were taken on different summits, began to be applied in the right way. As you know, on March 7, the EU meeting with participation of Turkey, which is considered the key side of the migration issue.”

The diplomat said that, according to the calculations of the Greek authorities, on the territory of the country are now from 25 to 30 thousand refugees. “We also know that the ability to accept refugees in Europe much more, – said the head of the Greek diplomatic mission. – I hope that during this period the situation is normalized. We took the responsibility to take tens of thousands of refugees. We have a difficult situation because, on the one hand, we are faced with the pressure of these streams, on the other hand we have to accept some of the refugees. We are actively working on it. The Greek people showed a high level of hospitality and good response in emergencies. I’m sure we will have a satisfactory result for all”.

“We need to understand why a person leaves his home and goes, takes his family and subjected to such tests and even danger, said Danae-Magdalini Koumanakou. – Of course, they leave to save their lives. At the same time we believe that the Syrian issue is in the negotiation process. Cannot be only a military solution. If the ceasefire becomes a daily reality, local residents will not want to leave their country”.


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