Greece’s decision to abstain from EU event on communist regime crimes ‘offends Greeks, says ND

Greece’s decision to abstain from EU event on communist regime crimes ‘offends Greeks, says ND

Greece’s decision not to participate in an international conference on crimes committed by Communist regimes in Estonia on August 23 ‘offends Greeks and European citizens who defend democratic values’ and leads the country to a “strange kind of European and international isolation’, New Democracy said in a press release on Sunday.

The party was commenting on Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis’ decision to turn down an invitation for a conference titled “The Heritage in 21st Century Europe of the Crimes Committed by Communist Regimes”, which will be held at the Tallinn Creative Hub, as part of the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Communist and Nazi Regimes, instituted in April 2009.

“The government’s decision not to participate in the ‘The Heritage in 21st Century Europe of the Crimes Committed by Communist Regimes’ organized by Estonia in the framework of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU offends Greeks and European citizens who have always defended democratic ideals and the universal human value of freedom” ND said.

The party said it “once again highlights the Greek peculiarity and leads us to a strange kind of European and international isolation that Greek citizens do not deserve.”

“There are historic truths that must be told. Nazism and Stalinism are dark periods of European history, certainly condemned by all democratic citizens. Their different ideological starting point and the conflict between them neither equates nor purifies any of the two,” it added./IBNA