Ambassador

Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos at EIR seminar, April 2015

In english – ελληνικοί υπότιτλοι (με τα «κουμπιά «υπότιτλοι» και «ρυθμίσεις» στο κάτω μέρος του βίντεο)

Αποσπάσματα από την ομιλία του Πρέσβη επί τιμή Λεωνίδα Χρυσανθόπουλου στο σεμινάριο του EIR (Executive Intelligence Review), Φρανκφούρτη, 29.05.15
Θέμα του σεμιναρίου : “Η Γερμανία και οι «BRICS» μπορούν να δημιουργήσουν ένα νέο χρηματοπιστωτικό σύστημα για παγκόσμια ανάπτυξη”.

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Why should we belong to the EU if it is destroying us ?

Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos is a third generation diplomat and former Ambassador of Greece to Canada,Poland and Armenia.He was Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece and Secretary General of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization. Extremely knowledgable on issues of the EU and on what is happenning in Greece now, Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos was a junior diplomat in the team that negotiated Greece’s accession to the EEC. He is now against Greece’s membership to the EU and believes that the EU is destroying his country. He is a member of EPAM (Unified Popular Front), a movement that was founded in the wake of the protests of 2010 and 2011.
 
Julia Vladimirova met him.

“You were on the delegation that negotiated Greece’s accession to the European Community. Why are you now against it?”

” I was in the team that negotiated Greece’s accession to the EEC, as it was called then. The decision to join the EEC was taken in 1975 by Konstantinos Karamanlis and it was based on two political reasons : The first was to consolidate democracy in Greece, that had just been (more…)

TRANSLATION OF ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN NEWSPAPER “HONI” OF 14 APRIL 2013

GREEK JUNTA REGIME PUNISHES AMBASSADOR

In an expression of authoritarianism, and raising many questions about their timing, Foreign Affairs Minister Demetris Avramopoulos has removed the title of Ambassador ad honorem from Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos, who served in the Greek diplomatic corps for thirty eight years.

Only seven months ago this same person praised Chrysanthopoulos on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organisation, but then chose to punish the retired ambassador, whose family has been working in the diplomatic corps for more than one hundred years. The reason can be found in an interview that he gave to our newspaper on 3 February, where he let the Greek public know, among other things, the disastrous results of the memoranda. Chrysanthopoulos had given a similar interview to a Canadian newspaper.

Chrysanthopoulos, speaking to Honi about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ inexplicable decision, said that his statement on Blackwater may have triggered the decision to have his title removed. The Minister of Public Order, Mr. Nikos Dendias, had mentioned in an earlier interview that the protection of parliament would be contracted has to a private security firm, without mentioning Blackwater by name.

Not only does Chrysanthopoulos not recognise the legality of the presidential decree, which he refused to receive, but also recalled that there is only one such precedent for the title of Ambassador ad h ofonorem being removed, that George Seferis, for statements he made on 28 March 1969 to the BBC. As Chrsanthopoulos recalls, in a letter Pipinelis addressed to Seferis, he stated that the reason his title was removed was that his statement was retransmitted by the Soviet media, an act that was considered as being against the national interest. (more…)

THE NEW GREEK JUNTA AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

One doesn’t have to be acquainted with George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘1984’ to understand what is happening in Greece, the cradle of democracy: it is enough to recall Guicciardini’s dictum that the same things return with different colours.

In this case, instead of the junta’s Foreign Minister, Pipinelis, refusing (in 1970) to renew the famous Greek poet, ambassador and Nobel prizewinner, George Seferis’, diplomatic passport, we have the current Greek Foreign Minister, Mr. Avramopoulos, attempting to annul a recently retired Greek ambassador’s title of Ambassador ad honorem. The next stage is the attempted withdrawal of the retired ambassador’s diplomatic passport.

Avramopoulos actually went to the trouble of preparing a decree for the Greek president, Papoulias’, signature, annulling the title. Papoulias, himself a former foreign minister, signed it, despite the fact that he was once a vociferous critic of the junta. Plus ça change: the piercing analyst is entitled to think that he is now a mere instrument of the new Euro-German quisling junta: the image that comes to mind is that of a drunken fish swimming feebly with the current. (more…)

Letter from EPAM Holargos-Papagos to Mr.Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos

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Comrade Leonidas……We are honored

The removal of the title of Ambassador ad honorem from Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos by the tripartite occupation government did not surprise us. It could not have been done differently.

Whoever disagrees, denounces and resists must be hit, punished and dishonored. Particularly those who can, by exposing and with arguments, reveal the true face of the monster. The junta regime. It matters not who is resisting or what that person has offered. It does not matter if it is a simple worker citizen, or a diplomatic attaché or even a whole village or region, a collective unit. The junta is determined  either randomly or with a plan to eliminate any voice of resistance that dares to be raised. Any opposition.

For those who know well Mr.Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos, we have no doubt about the humbleness, democratic and fighting spirit that qualify him. We witness them on a daily basis during our actions and meetings. In his impartial contribution to the front line of struggle. Thus we can understand in which way all the previous years he fought for  the Greek colors, either  as Ambassador or as Secretary General of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization.

The political persecution of Mr.Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos,confirms in an absolute way, the reactionary character of the quisling tripartite government against  Democracy, the Nation and the people of Greece.

If the government thinks by removing an honorary title, it can weaken our struggle, it is mistaken. On the contrary it gives us a greater persistence. Because today, honor is defined as persecution of any kind and silencing of those who do not want to go along with illegal practices of abolishing democratic rights and freedoms.

 

Comrade Leonidas………We are honored.

 

EPAM Holargos-Papagos

April 10,2013

 

Mr.Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos is a member of EPAM Holargos-Papagos

 

Statement of the Political Secretariat of EPAM, 7 April 2013

Once again the tripartite so called government showed us its effectiveness and power.
Not of course by facing in a dignified way the troika civil servants but against the former Secretary-General of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) and member of EPAM Ambassador Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos by depriving him of the title of Ambassador ad honorem that had been given to him for the important services that he had offered to his country and to the Diplomatic Corps.

Even though there is no mention of a reason or a justification in the administrative act that is included in the Presidential Decree, the real reason is that the Ambassador dared to give a series of interviews that were asked to him by Greek and foreign media, on the destructive, for the country, policies followed by the regime. These interviews received great attention and were commented in Greece and abroad.

On this occasion EPAM would like to express its gratitude, particularly to:

a. The President of the “Republic” for confirming that we live in an environment of “we decide and order you”.

b. The Foreign Minister and former diplomat, Mr. Avramopoulos for his so effective occupation with foreign affairs, since we are also now absolutely convinced that by depriving the title of ad.honorem of an Ambassador, whom he had praised in his Message of June 25, 2012 which is still on the website of the Foreign Ministry, he automatically solved the issue of our exclusive economic zone, the continental shelf, the problems of violations in the Aegean, the so-called gray areas, the casus belli of the Turks etc.

c. The so-called government, that by accepting this decision, is bringing back to us nostalgic moments, since it seems that we are reliving the period when the Junta deprived G. Seferis the title of Ambassador ad honorem for his statement to the BBC on March 28, 1969 and when the Junta adopted many other restrictive measures.

It is tragic that the abolition of freedom of speech has been officially confirmed in Greece of 2013.

EPAM feels particularly satisfied with all these events since the acts of the tripartite “government” by themselves show that we are dealing with a badly functioning junta. Thus EPAM will be exempted from searching for evidence to prove this while the political persecutions of its members, greatly enhance the faith in its struggle and enlarge the acceptance of its principles by Greek society.

In spite of the efforts of all the reactionary forces, Democracy will prevail.

7 April 2013
The Political Secretariat of EPAM