Nikos Kotzias addresses Rhodes Conference, underlines need for dialogue and cooperation
Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias referred to the need for cooperation and dialogue for the solution of problems and differences in the southeastern Mediterranean during his opening speech on Thursday at the 3rd Ministerial Rhodes Conference for Security and Stability held on the island of Rhodes.
Kotzias underlined that the conference, a Greek government initiative, is aimed in this direction.
He also referred to the Prespes agreement signed by Athens and Skopje to resolve the name dispute, noting: “In Prespes we reached a compromise and showed that nobody can box the other side into a corner”. He expressed hope that the agreement will be ratified and noted that the controversy was between “the forces that seek a solution and the forces of inertia, who are confortable with no solution.”
On the Palestinian problem, Kotzias noted that the recognition of a Palestinian state would be in the best interests of all involved, while he also referred to Syria, describing the situation there as the “biggest problem in the region” and calling for more active intervention by the European Union.
Finally, referring to Rhodes Conference that is taking place on the island for the third consecutive year, Kotzias noted that the “spirit of Rhodes is important and can significantly contribute to the cooperation and security of the peoples of the southeastern Mediterranean”.