Speaking just three days ahead of what is expected to be a massive Athens rally to protest the handling of the FYROM naming issue, by citizens who object to the use of the name Macedonia by FYROM, President Prokopis Pavlopoulos issued a plea for national unity.
“We do great things when we are united in the face of great difficulties and challenges, which is to say when confronted with great and important issues,” the president said, while on a visit to Gortynia.
“We experienced the greatest, even national, disasters, when we became divided. Let us, therefore, plan with consideration, vision, and concord, our future steps in the European and broader international political, economic, and cultural environment. If we do, it is certain that we shall succeed,” Pavlopoulos said.
The president also expressed optimism about Greece’s prospects of exiting the economic crisis.
“Despite the recent economic crisis, Greece will transcend all obstacles which, sometimes due its own errors and at other times not, lie ahead,” he said.
“We Greeks, having deep roots of historical presence and cultural continuity in this corner of the Balkans and the Mediterranean, are decisive about creating a better future for the coming generations,” Pavlopoulos said.