The Macedonian Tendency: OSCE: Minorities in Greece

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

OSCE: Minorities in Greece

I don't like to pick fights with children and retards, so I would spend much time and effort to discuss the OSCE, except to state that when it gets involved in an issue and ignore other issues, it is a source for destabilisation. This is the only mention that I can find on the issue of minorities in Greece.

OSCE High Commissioner issues statement on national minorities in Greece:

THE HAGUE, 23 August 1999 - The following statement was released today by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Max van der Stoel.

'In the last few weeks, a number of requests have reached me to give my opinion on the ongoing discussion in Greece regarding the question of national minorities. In that light I should like to make the following comments.

'On 28 June 1990, the then Government of Greece, led by Mr. Constantine Mitsotakis, together with the governments of the other states participating in the OSCE , agreed to the Document of the Copenhagen Meeting of the Conference on the Human Dimension of the OSCE. The Copenhagen Document commits governments i.a. to provide persons belonging to national minorities the right freely to express, preserve and develop (individually as well as in community with other members of their group) their ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious identity and to maintain and develop their culture in all its aspects, to profess and practice their religion, and to establish and maintain organizations or associations.

'The discussion in Greece during the last few weeks on the subject of national minorities gives me the impress"

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