Athens, June 29, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, addressed the Greek people following the recommendation of the Systemic Security Council to impose capital controls and closure of banks from tomorrow.
According to the Prime Minister, yesterday’s decision of the Eurogroup to not adopt the decision, led today on Sunday the ECB not to raise liquidity to Greek banks and therefore the Bank of Greece to go to extraordinary measures.
“It has been made even clearer that this decision is made to blackmail the will of the people. They will not succeed. They will further dig the Greek people of the choice to reject the unacceptable memorandum proposals and ultimatums of the lenders”, he said.
The Prime Minister noted that he has re-sent the request for a short extension of the program to European partners, stressing that he awaits their response. “They are the only ones who can overturn the decision of the Eurogroup, which will allow the ECB to restore liquidity”, he added.
Tsipras reassured that the deposits are assured, as well as the payment of salaries and pensions, and recommended calm and sobriety.
“The more calmly we face the difficulties, the sooner we will overcome them and the less the consequences will be”, he said.
The Prime Minister’s statement
“Yesterday’s (Saturday) decision of the Eurogroup, to not approve the request by the Greek government for a few days extension of the program, to give the people time through a referendum on the ultimatum of lenders, is an unprecedented challenge for the European standards of the right of a sovereign people’s democratic choice. To the highest and most sacred right of expression.
This decision led today the ECB not to increase the liquidity of Greek banks and forced the Bank of Greece to propose the activation of a bank holiday and the containment of banking withdrawals. It is now more than clear that this decision has no other objective other than to blackmail the will of the Greek people and to impede the smooth democratic referendum process.
They will not succeed. These moves will bring the opposite results.
They will further dig the Greek people the choice to reject the unacceptable memorandum proposals and ultimatums of the lenders.
But one thing remains certain: the refusal of the short extension and the attempt to cancel a leading democratic process, is an act of insult and maximum embarrassment to the democratic tradition of Europe.
For this reason, I have re-sent today the request for a short extention, this time to the President of the European Council and the 18 heads of state of the Eurozone, as well as the heads of the ECB, the European Commission and the European Parliament. I expect an immediate reaction to an elementary democratic demand.
They are the only ones who can as quickly as possible, even tonight, reverse the decision of the Eurogroup and to enable the ECB to restore the flow of liquidity of banks. However, in any case, what is needed in the coming days is sobriety and patience.
The deposits of citizens in Greek banks is absolutely assured.
What is also guaranteed is the payment of salaries and pensions.
Any difficulties that might appear have to be addressed calmly and decisively.
The more calmly we face the difficulties, the sooner we will overcome them and the more mild will be the consequences.
We have the opportunity today to prove to ourselves and the world that the right can win. We once again the historical opportunity to send to Europe and the world a message of hope and dignity.
And remember: this critical hours, which all face up the stature of our history, our only fear is fear. We will not let it beat us.
We will make it.
The dignity of the Greeks against the extortion and wrong will send a message of hope and pride throughout Europe”.