Turkey is planning to push FYROM’s bid for accession at the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago. This was noted by the President of the Turkish parliament Cemil Cicek following a visit to Albania and FYROM where he stressed that Turkey is planning to raise the issue, a report on FYROM’s Sitel TV said. “The presidents of both countries will be there, will meet and do the right thing,” Cicek said after meeting with his FYROM counterpart Velianofski, adding that the request of FYROM is fair and will contribute to peace and stability in the Balkans.
On his part, Velianofski expressed his appreciation for Turkey’s support and noted that he hoped this would eliminate the (Greek) obstacles that stand in the way of FYROM’s future in NATO and the EU. We here in Greece are not that surprised. We know that Turkey openly supports FYROM (politically and financially). What FYROM doesn’t realize is that Turkey is doing this for its own interests.
Not to worry folks… Greece will be represented in Chicago by one of the best, if not most experienced Greek delegation to date and we are certain that these specific individuals will only work on behalf of the interests of our country.
- Petros Molyviatis – Mr. Petros Molyviatis, who was appointed as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs under the caretaker cabinet of Panagiotis Pikrammenos, is a Greek politician and ambassador currently who also served as Minister for Foreign Affairs under Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis between 2004-2006. Born in Chios, he studied Law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and entered the Greek Foreign Ministry after graduation. As a career diplomat, he served in the Permanent Delegation of Greece to the United Nations in New York and NATO in Brussels. Molyviatis also served in the Greek embassies in Moscow, Pretoria and Ankara. From 1974 to 1980. He was diplomatic advisor and director general of the political cabinet of Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis. During the terms of office of Constantine Karamanlis as Greek president from 1980 to 1985 and 1990 to 1995, he was secretary general of the Presidential office. In the 1996 and 2000 legislative elections he was elected a member of the Greek parliament for the New Democracy party. (Source Wikipedia)
- Frangos Frangoulis – Molyviatis will be accompanied by the former head of the Hellenic army, Lieutenant General Frangos Frangoulis, who is now Minister of Defence. Frangoulis Frangos entered the Hellenic Army Academy in 1970, graduating in 1974 first of his class and being named a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. He is a graduate of the Supreme War School and of the NATO Defence College. He also pursued studies in Law at the University of Athens, continuing with post-graduate courses in European and International Law at the Panteion University. Frangos also received a doctorate in Geopolitics from the Ionian University. He served in Special Forces units early in his career, qualifying as a paratrooper, as well as in staff and command positions of larger formations, as well as Greece’s Army attache and Defence attache in the Greek embassy in Ankara, Turkey. Frangos commanded the 32nd Marines Brigade in 2002–2003, before being assigned to head the Hellenic National Defence General Staff’s Planning Directorate. In 2004 he was promoted to Major General and assumed command of the Inter-service Military Intelligence Directorate. In 2006 he assumed command of the 16th Mechanized Infantry Division. A year later he was promoted to Lt. General and assumed command of the II Army Corps, and in 2008 he was placed as commander of the First Army in Larissa. On August 6, 2009, by decision of the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence, he was appointed Chief of the Hellenic Army General Staff, a position he held until a surprise major reshuffle in the Greek military leadership in November 2011 when the former government of PASOK told the world that it was “worried” about a military coup. (Source Wikipedia)
Editor’s Note – With Molyviatis and Frangoulis at the Summit… we are not worried at all!