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…)