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Dora Bakoyannis: The meeting of Borisov with the farmers is a shame for Greece

24 January 2010 / 13:01:58  GRReporter
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The meeting of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov with the protesting Greek farmers continues to provoke the reactions of the Greek political and media circles. The former Minister of foreign affairs Dora Bakoyannis described it as a sad event and a shame for Greece. “While the Bulgarian prime minister was speaking to the farmers at Promahonas and was trying to convince them to open the frontier post, our Prime minister was delivering parliamentary speeches about the farmers from Kolonaki and about the Mediterranean diet”, were the words of Bakoyannis. Kolonaki is a rich neighborhood of Athens and with the comparison “farmers from Kolonaki” the Greek Prime minister implies about the “luxurious” according to him incomes of the farmers.

“I called the Prime minister to interfere and stop the blockages on the roads. Instead of him, however the Bulgarian Prime minister interfered. We that as well”, said the chairman of New Democracy Antonis Samaras. He described the meeting of the Bulgarian Prime minister with the Greek farmers as an unusual diplomatic act outside the rules.

In an editorial comment the electronic issue zougla.gr of the famous television journalist Makis Triandafilopoulos commented that the action of the Bulgarian Prime minister Boiko Borisov has discredited the government and caused its discontent. “The fact that a foreign Prime minister interfered in the settlement of a local political problem of a European country has no precedent in the European practice. Furthermore in a moment when Bulgaria has undertaken legal actions against Greece”, writes the issue.

   Meanwhile the protesting farmers from Promahonas send a new opened letter to the Greek media, which besides everything else calls for Bulgaria to withdraw its complaint against Greece. “This is about a public farmers’ fight and the country has never acted in such a manner, when Bulgaria was in a difficult situation”, says the opened letter.

Tags: Dora Bakoyannis Boiko Borisov farmers politics
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