Macedonia – Protest Note to the Hellenic Republic Against the Racist Slogans Chanted at the Military Parade in Athens March 31, 2010Posted by Yilan in Macedonia, Yunanistan.
Tags: Athens, Greece, Macedonia
Concerning the events taking place during the military parade which was a part of the celebration of the National Holiday of Greece on March 25, 2010 in Athens, during which a diving squad of the Coast Guard was chanting racist slogans, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia expressed its strong protest to the Head of the Greek Liaison Office in Skopje, Alexandra Papadopoulou.
In its reaction, the Ministry informed that the slogans which were heard on the streets of Athens during the parade are causing great concern, deeming them as unacceptable and inappropriate behaviour coming from a member state of NATO and the European Union striving to be a model democratic society in the Region of Southeast Europe.
At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the steps undertaken by the official authorities in Athens aimed at condemning the events and calling upon the directly involved individuals to be held accountable for their actions. The Ministry also welcomes the reactions by the Greek media, as well as by the civil sector.
The Head of the Liaison Office of the Hellenic Republic to the Republic of Macedonia, Alexandra Papadopoulou presented the position of the Greek MFA which condemns such incidents, underlining that the relevant authorities in Greece have already undertaken appropriate measures for sanctioning the individuals responsible for these incidents. In this context, Mme. Papadopoulou expressed her regrets for the slogans which were chanted out at the parade in Athens. According to Mme. Papadopoulou, the slogans were an uncontrolled act perpetrated by individuals from the Coast Guard of the Hellenic Republic.
At the meeting, Deputy Minister, Zoran Petrov, requested that the Greek side undertakes any measure necessary as stipulated by Article 7 of the Interim Accord, which will prevent the recurrence of such or similar incidents in the future.
Racist slogans and chanting at military parades in Thessaloniki and Athens were registered in 2008 and 2009, as well. As a result of the slogans with offending contents, chanted at the parade in Thessaloniki on October 28, 2008, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Nikola Gruevski, forwarded a letter to the leading officials of the UN, the EC, the OSCE and the Council of Europe, informing them of these incidents.