Main opposition New Democracy’s positions on the multiple challenges facing the western Balkans, including the refugee and migration crisis, were the focus of a briefing that ND shadow minister for foreign affars George Koumoutsakos gave the ambassadors of the so-called ‘Visegrad+2’ countries on Monday.
The meeting was originally requested by Poland’s Ambassador in Athens Anna Barbazak, in order to discuss issues affecting the region with emphasis on the Balkans.
Koumoutsakos noted the importance of implementing refugee relocation programme in all European countries and also referred to Turkey’s policies in the region, as well as developments in that countries and its relations to the EU.
In statements afterward, he said there had been general agreement on the need to keep the European prospects of the western Balkan countries alive, in order to contribute to stability in the region, encouraging dialogue and discouraging nationalist trends.
Regarding the refugee crisis, Koumoutsakos called for better cooperation in order to “avoid the misunderstandings of the past” and stressed that there must be understanding and support for Greece’s efforts to handle refugee flows in the midst of a major economic crisis.
Taking part in the meeting were the ambassadors of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria and Slovenia.