Athens, October 19, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The need to end the war conflicts in the Middle East and address the refugees from the region, in the light of the protection of human dignity, noted the President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, welcoming in the morning at the Presidential Palace the members of the International Secretariat of the presidents and the rapporteurs of the committees of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO).
“One realises just how important is the message of Orthodoxy today for Europe and the whole world, when even in our country there are humanitarian crisis phenomena, and when there are war conflicts, mainly in the Middle East, which generate waves of refugees that should be face in the light of the protection of human dignity”, he said.
The Greek president noted that since 1993 the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy contributed greatly in shaping the European structure, which, he said, rests on three pillars: ancient Greece, through the freedom and spirit, Rome, through the state and law, and Christianity as depicted in Orthodoxy, that is, solidarity and social justice.
Deputy Foreign Minister and Secretary General of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy Ioannis Amanatidis assured that the organization is trying “to stop the devastating effects of wars in the region, as well as prosecutions against many populations in the region”.
The chairman of the IAO Sergei Popov, stressed that members of the Assembly as members of their Parliaments, “vigorously defend the ideals of Christianity and Christian values” and the main objective is to ensure world stability, of which as he said, Orthodoxy is now the cornerstone.
Popov also expressed gratitude on behalf of his country, Russia, as next year will be the votive year of Greece to Russia and of Russia to Greece.
It is noted that members of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy are visiting Greece on the occasion of the international conference on “Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East”, organized in Athens by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs from October 18 to 20.