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10-30-2017, 06:08 PM
SUN OCT 29, 2017 / 5:16 PM EDT

Greek government in spat with Spain's ambassador over Catalonia

Reuters Staff

(Reuters) - Greece called on Spain's ambassador to Athens on Sunday to rescind statements to a Greek newspaper suggesting that Athens was not supportive of Spanish unity, revealing strains between the European Union partners over a Catalan independence drive.

"It is with surprise that we note the comments made by the ambassador of friend and ally Spain, criticising publicly the Greek government," the Greek Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

EU leaders, wary of encouraging separatists across the bloc, have largely backed the Madrid government during a deepening political crisis which culminated last week in the Catalan parliament voting to unilaterally declare the region's independence from Spain.
The Spanish Ambassador to Greece, Enrique Viguera, was quoted in Sunday's Eleftheros Typos newspaper as saying that while he had clear assurances of support for Spanish unity from Greece's conservative opposition and from President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the same was not true of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's left-wing government.

"Statements on the issue from the part of the (Greek) government are absent. However, other European governments warmly supported the territorial integrity of Spain and our government's position," he said.

On Saturday, Greece, through its government spokesman, said it fully supported Spain's territorial integrity and cohesion as well as any initiative to restore democratic dialogue in the framework of Spain's constitution.

"We are particularly concerned over the situation in Spain and reiterate that Europe can only advance united. Unilateral actions cannot be acceptable," government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said in a statement.

The Foreign Ministry accused the ambassador of "insulting Greece's constitution" by suggesting that the country's president did not speak for the government.

It also said that by adopting the arguments of the political opposition, Spain's ambassador was interfering in Greece's domestic politics.
"We call on the ambassador to avoid behaving in a way that is not in line with diplomatic norms and expect that he will proceed to rescind his unfortunate statements and provide the Greek government with the necessary explanations," the ministry said.

(Reporting by George Georgiopoulos; Editing by Adrian Croft)


10-30-2017, 06:11 PM
There are no tensions between Greeks and Spanish people at all.

The corrupt government in Greece doesn't represent Greek people

10-30-2017, 07:02 PM
The corrupt government in Greece doesn't represent Greek people

nor the parliament of Catalonia represents Catalans people




brennus dux gallorum
10-30-2017, 07:13 PM
80% of Greeks are against our current goverment

The Spanish ambassador is actually an enemy of Greek people's enemy (leftist goverment), so a friend of Greece :D

Cristiano viejo
10-30-2017, 07:13 PM
Long live Greece! :smilie_liebe9::love0037::love0001::lovehearts::Hu g00001::fdgd::lovebire:

brennus dux gallorum
10-30-2017, 07:16 PM
Long live Greece! :smilie_liebe9::love0037::love0001::lovehearts::Hu g00001::fdgd::lovebire:

Spain united and strong, fuck catalanimals :D:D:D

Cristiano viejo
10-30-2017, 07:18 PM
Spain united and strong, fuck catalanimals :D:D:D

Fuck separatists, not Catalans. Most of Catalans are normal people.
It seems that there will not be need but I was hoping to go to Catalonia to defend my Spanish brothers from there :zzz

10-30-2017, 07:31 PM
Foreign Ministry Berates Spain’s Ambassador for Criticizing Government on Catalan Vote

By ANA October 30, 2017

FILE - 18 people were detained after Greek anarchist group ended a brief, peaceful demonstration at Spain's embassy, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. Photo: Eurokinissi/Tatiana Bollari

ATHENS – The foreign ministry criticized on Sunday the “unacceptable” comments of Spain’s Ambassador to Greece, Enrique Viguera, after he publically criticized in the press the government on its alleged delayed response to the Catalan independence vote and the handling of the “Rouvikonas incident”, when the self-proclaimed anarchist group burst into the country’s embassy in Athens on Oct. 11.

The ministry said the ambassador “crossed diplomatic lines” when by insinuating that Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos and the government do not see eye to eye on the Catalan issue. It also accused him of “unacceptable involvement” in domestic politics.

“We were surprised to see in the Sunday press comments, publicly criticizing the Greek government, made by the Ambassador of our friend and ally Spain. The comments in question, namely that the President of the Republic does not express the government, are an affront to the Constitution of Greece. Moreover, by implying that there is disagreement between the President of the Republic and the Government, he provocatively crosses the diplomatically tolerated lines,” the ministry said.

“His public adoption of the erroneous arguments of the opposition constitutes unacceptable involvement in the country’s domestic politics, and his conduct suggests he is acting in coordination with the main opposition party,” it added.

The ministry continued to say that Viguera discredited the Greek judiciary, which sentenced the members of “Rouvikonas” who broke into the embassy to six months in prison, noting that a similar break-in at the embassy by activists in 2011, which went unpunished, did not cause any reaction by the Embassy.

“We call on the Spanish Ambassador to conduct himself in a manner consistent with the rules of diplomacy. We await his proceeding without delay to the retraction of the unfortunate statements and his provision of the requisite explanations to the Greek government,” the ministry said.

Viguera said in an interview with “Eleftheros Typos” newspaper on Sunday that the Greek government didn’t support Spain after the Catalan vote for independence, unlike New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Pavlopoulos who immediately expressed their unequivocal support for Spain’s territorial integrity.

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10-30-2017, 07:57 PM