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October 2018

Issue Number 474

 

 

 

Greece is actively promoting stability and economic growth in the Balkans through a policy of resolving issues with its neighbours that unlocks their perspective to join the EU and other international organisations of their choice, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said during his address at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, referring to Greece’s foreign policy. The Greek delegation reminded to all participating fora that in Greece, not only did the country manage to stay standing, overcoming the difficulties, but beyond that – it became part of the solution, rather than the problem, in Europe and the broader region.

With regards to the refugee crisis and in very difficult times, the Greek people have proved that they can show solidarity with those in need. Greeks are very proud of their history and the ideals it represents. They have succeeded in demonstrating that solidarity and respect for human rights are always the right answer, even in the most difficult and demanding moments. History must not be ignored and treated with a lack of respect. We must act in harmony with the values that fuelled the collective progress of each nation separately and of humanity as whole.

In the end, after all was said and done in the marathon of speeches from Heads of State and Government at the General Assembly’s annual general debate, it all came down to one thing – the centrality of a strengthened United Nations as the only global forum that can address the multiple challenges facing the world, from conflict resolution to climate change mitigation and sustainable development. Leaders from the world’s largest nations and economies to the world’s smallest swore fealty to the UN and its Charter and the need to reform the organisation in the face of a daunting future. Multilateralism is the only possible answer to the global problems that we face. Weakening or putting it in question only generates instability and bewilderment, distrust and polarisation.

 

Nicolas Boutsicos
Managing Director – Editor

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