PM Tsipras: Greece gives political priority to prevent climate change displacement risk

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in his address to the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris on Monday, said the summit should be a historic turning point for a “global shift to a climate-friendly, sustainable society.”

“Greece, which at this time is experiencing an unprecedented refugee crisis and human despair, gives political priority to prevent climate change displacement risk,” he said, expressing hope that the leaders in Paris will rise to the challenge and “not allow future generations to accuse us of not seizing the opportunity.”

Also, the Greek Prime Minister had a brief meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the Climate Change Conference.

According to a prime minister’s office announcement, the two leaders said that the results of the EU-Turkey summit on Sunday were positive and the two prime ministers have agreed to remain in close contact.

Moreover, in the margins of the COP21 meeting, Tsipras had a series of brief meetings with other leaders, among them with the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Albanian President Bujar Nishani, the President of Bolivia Evo Morales, the Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann and his counterparts of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic and Georgia Irakli Garibashvili.