dimanche 25 septembre 2011

Les relations israélo-grecques en difficulté : le ministre des Affaires étrangères grec Stavros Lambrinidis affirme que son pays soutient la reconnaissance de l'Etat palestinien à l'ONU

Greek FM: Greece backs Palestinian statehood bid
09/24/2011 | 12:20 PM

UNITED NATIONS — Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis told the United Nations General Assembly on Friday that his country fully supports the Palestinians bid for a UN statehood recognition.

"Greece supports unequivocally Palestine's right to statehood. It is now our responsibility, the responsibility of every member-state of the UN, to respect the Palestinian decision to request membership, and more importantly, to turn this into an opportunity that will jump-start anew direct negotiations," said Lambrinidis.

Last Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked the United Nations to recognize a state for his people, a move rejected by Israel and the United States, who say only a negotiated peace settlement can lead to a Palestinian state.

Lambrinidis also touched on the controversy between his country and Turkey over gas exploration of Cyprus.

"We are deeply concerned by the recent threats and hostile actions against the Republic of Cyprus by our neighbor Turkey," he said.

Regional tension rose after Cyprus's Greek Cypriot government announced last Tuesday that drilling had begun in a southeast offshore area adjoining a gas field in Israeli waters reputed to be the world's largest find in the past decade.

In retaliation, Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot administration signed their own continental shelf agreement on Wednesday (September 21), permitting state-run Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) to start exploration north of the island.

"Turkey's threats and actions of the past few days and weeks are contrary to international law, and they must cease. We believe that the path of tension is a wrong and dangerous path," said Lambrinidis.

Turkish oil exploration vessel on Friday left the Aegean port of Izmir on Friday to carry out surveys off northern Cyprus amid tensions with Greek Cypriots on the divided island over rights to hydrocarbon reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

Turkey contests an Cypriot-Israeli accord signed last year to create exclusive economic zones in the waters between them.

It also argues that Cyprus should not be exploiting natural resources until a settlement is reached between the Greek Cypriot government and a breakaway Turkish Cypriot state for the reunification of the island, and that any revenues should benefit both communities.

Lambrinidis also said the time has come for his country and Macedonia to finally resolve the disagreement they have over the former breakaway region of Yugoslavia's rights to use the name "Macedonia."

Macedonia and Greece have been at loggerheads since Skopje declared independence from then-federal Yugoslavia in 1991.

Greece objects to the name Macedonia, saying it implies a claim to its northern province and has argued the ICJ has no jurisdiction to hear the case.

"Another issue that needs our attention is that of the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Which is not really, and never has been, a "name" issue per se, but instead a sincere effort to ensure that, in our volatile region, we once and for all put behind us notions of irredentism, of attempting to re-write history and borders," said Lambrinidis.

"Greece believes and has repeatedly stated that the solution lies in a fair compromise, in a name with a geographical qualifier," said Lambrinidis, adding "We want to resolve this issue so that we can finally realize the huge potential of our relationship, on the basis of openness and honesty."

So far United Nations talks have failed to resolve the deadlock.

Lambrinidis waited until the end of his speech to briefly touched on the financial problems facing his country.

"Economic development and fair distribution of wealth are key prerequisites for long-term stability and security. My country, in the midst of its own worst financial and economic crisis in recent history, has not only not shut itself in its shell, but remains a leading investor in our region, especially in the Western Balkans, contributing to the creation of tens of thousands of jobs," said Lambrinidis.

He didn't specifically mention Greece's potential debt default that has left markets reeling around the world.

Greece is in tense talks with the International Monetary Fund and European authorities, known as the troika, to secure a new 8 billion-euro installment of its rescue package to avoid bankruptcy in October in return for austerity measures.

Negotiators have expressed frustration at what they say is Greece's slow pace. — Reuters
Source : http://www.gmanews.tv/story/233320/world/greek-fm-greece-backs-palestinian-statehood-bid