Agios Nikolaos, Crete.- Prime Minister and Socialist International president George Papandreou, concluding the sessions of the Socialist International’s conference and summing up its positive conclusions, as it was stressed, after it ended in the city of Agios Nikolaos on the island of Crete at noon on Saturday, said that Crete is a neighborhood having bonds with the Arab world.
Papandreou further referred to the role of the Arab Spring and to the role of Crete in the development of the countries of North Africa and the Middle East.
“Crete wants to play a considerable role. It has historic bonds with the Arab world and wants to widen and strengthen them,” the prime minister said, adding that lately and for various reasons they slackened but now the Cretans desire and want to strengthen them.
Focusing on the transitional period of these countries, the prime minister called on all who participated in the important, as it was characterised by all the participants, conference in Crete to create institutions that will secure the permanent transition to democracy.
In parallel, Papandreou reassured them that they will have the support of the PASOK party and of the Greek government in the struggle they have before them.
In addressing the panel, George Papandreou stressed that the Arab Spring changed the scene decisively in the wider region of the Middle East and North Africa. Papandreou added that it conveyed to the entire world a strong message for more democracy and participation, for more justice.
The prime minister further said that the Socialist International is at the side of the citizens of the Arab world, who are struggling for a better future.
“We are looking forward to dialogue and cooperation with the democratic forces and the new governments that will appear, so that the Arab Spring can create prospects for the young people who are playing a leading role in this movement,” he said.
Papandreou further said that the Arab Spring will also create new prospects for cooperation in the entire region of the Mediterranean.
He also referred to the special committee’s creation and explained how they view cooperation in the future, underlining the common goal that is, as he said, respect and humanity, a humanitarian stance towards all people.
Papandreou went on to say that the Arab Spring strengthened this new discussion all over the world, how political parties must organise themselves and what their role in modern societies should be.
He also spoke of the need to change our societies and referred to the economic crisis, while speaking of “respect” that also emanates from the deep feelings of recognition and solidarity that we nurse for the Arab Spring, women and those movements that want to change the world.