Greece and Cyprus seek EU sanctions against Turkey following reports of drilling

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece and Cyprus are taking action against Turkey following escalating tensions in the eastern Mediterranean following Ankara’s admission that it has started illegally drilling for gas west of Cyprus. The discovery of lucrative energy reserves in 2011 has been a source of friction between the Cypriot government and the part of the island that is occupied by Turkey.The Cyprus news agency reported that the government of Nicosia has information that Turkey has moved materials and equipment related to drilling west of Paphos where the drillship Fatih has been stationed since May, however the Cypriot government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said that there has been conflicting information that cannot be confirmed.Cyprus has complained that the area where activity has been noted is encroaching into the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Cyprus, however Turkey states that the area is on its continental shelf.Both Greece and Cyprus are calling on their EU partners to penalise Turkey, and are urging for the possibility of sanctions, if it is verified that there has been drilling.READ MORE: Turkey has been shut out of the US F-35A jet fighter programGreek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras interrupted his campaigning for the 7 July national elections, cancelling his scheduled visits to the islands of Kos and Nisyros, to convene with the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA), the supreme decision-making body on issues of national defence of Greece, on Sunday afternoon.The KYSEA meeting has been criticised as one that could further escalate tensions with Turkey, and Mr Tsipras was criticised for not informing Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos or the heads of the opposition parties.“We have agreed .. to prepare the ground in the coming week that the (European Union) summit take the relevant decisions, even sanctions against Turkey, if it is verified that there has been a drill (by Turkey) in the Cypriot EEZ,” Tsipras said.READ MORE: Greece and Turkey vow to ease tensions through dialogue The Greek Ministry of Defense denied the movement of troops to the Eastern Aegean Islands in case of an emergency. The ministry released a statement:  “The operational deployment of the Greek Armed Forces is the usual one. Any movements were made as part of (an exercise) that was completed on Friday, June 14last_img read more

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I Belong To Australia Greeks Welcome Archbishop Makarios at Sydney Airport

first_imgThe Sydney Airport Arrivals Gate was flooded with hundreds of faithful and dozens of clergy on Tuesday night to welcome Makarios, the newly elected Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Australia.Delegations from Sydney’s three Greek day schools attended in uniform, held banners and waved flags, alongside community groups and leaders, as well as members of the public who had gathered at Kingsford Smith for several hours in anticipation of the Archbishop’s arrival.After landing and clearing through airport customs, Makarios gave a brief address in Greek and English to a packed press gallery behind closed doors, flanked by Bishops Ezekiel, Seraphim and Iakovos.“I would like to thank you very much for your kindness to be here, and to cover this very significant and historical moment for our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia,” said Makarios.“I glorify God with all my mind and all my existence because, from this moment,” continued an emotional Makarios, who fought back tears, “until the end of my life, I belong to Australia.”Before leaving the press conference, the new Archbishop paid respect to the Australian flag and anthem, pronouncing “Advance Australia Fair; thank you and God bless.”READ MORE: PM Scott Morrison:”May God bless the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia and may God continue to bless Australia”Moments later, just after 7 o’clock, the crowd erupted with church hymns and shouts of Axios, or ‘He is worthy’, as the Archbishop made his way through the honour guard of priests and subsequent media scrum to make his first public address on Australian soil.“I arrive among you without having seen you,” said the Archbishop of the Orthodox faithful that had gathered, “yet I feel as I have known you for many years. I have come from distance, Crete, the homeland of your previous Archbishop, yet I feel that that I am coming home.“This day, in fact this very moment is precious and unique in my heart and in my life,” continued Makarios, “and I am aware that this day and moment are also decisive and vital for the future of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.READ MORE: Interview: Archbishop Makarios feels “blessed” to be coming to Australia“Perhaps now is the appropriate time, the kairos, for our church to bear witness to broader Australian society, and to share her gifts and treasures abundantly with the wider community.”After giving his address, Australian Federal Police officers cleared the path for the Archbishop to proceed from the Arrivals Gate, with the Primate giving his blessings and stopping to hold hands and greet the faithful that had continued to sing prayers and hymns.“I feel joy and satisfaction, because I am among you as your proud father, and at the same time, as your humble servant.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Dozens of Greek Australian homeless people

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Last year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics found homelessness in Australia had increased by 14 per cent over a five-year period, with 116,427 people thought to have no permanent home.The Municipality of Melbourne is planning to create a crisis shelter with hundreds of beds to help get people off park benches and street corners.Greek community members are among the homeless, and Greek Australian nurse Helen Andrianakis is one of the nurses that offers her services to the city’s needy.RELATED ARTICLE: Greek Orthodox church seeks community assistance to keep homeless warm this winter“I believe there are dozens,” she said, mainly men but she adds that there are also Greek women roaming the streets.Ms Andrianakis recently took the streets with her colleagues and members of the police force to give out hundreds of blankets to homeless people sleeping in the cold streets of Melbourne.last_img read more

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Ethnic Greek Thymios Liolis war monument vandalised in Northern Epirus

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On Wednesday 24 July 2019, the Greek minority village of Krania in Albania was rocked by the sound of explosions. Suspected ultra-nationalist, irredentist Albanian groups attacked and dynamited the monument erected in the town to Thymios Liolis, an ethnic Greek who fought in the Balkan Wars for the liberation of Macedonia and for the autonomy of Northern Epirus. The word “Çamëria,” which is the Albanian word for Thesprotia, in Greece was found spray painted across the fragments of the monument, referring to Albanian irredentist claims over north western Greece.The historical personage of Thymios Liolis has been the subject of protracted hate campaigns in the Albanian media of late, with documentaries being screened accusing the native Greek minority of the region of being disloyal by honouring the memory of Thymios Liolis, considered a traitor in Albanian nationalistic circles, for his advocacy of the rights of the native ethnic Greeks in the region.READ MORE: Multicultural Epirus: populations, languages and education during the last years of the Ottoman EmpireThe monument to Thymios Liolis in Krania has been vandalized several times in the past. The Foreign Ministry of Greece has expressed its disgust at the act of vandalism, calling upon the Albanian government to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice, and to restore a sense of security in the part of the country inhabited by native ethnic Greeks. The Panepirotic Federation of Australia has also condemned the crime, stating that acts of this nature are not commensurate with a civil developed society, or Albania’s projected membership of the European Union. Its secretary, Dean Kalimniou, called upon the Albanian government to respect the human rights of the Greeks of Northern Epirus and to take steps to guarantee their security from racist attacks.last_img read more

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