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EFA-Rainbow Brings the Slanderers in Front of Justice

February 21, 2006

EFA-Rainbow - Press Release

The European Free Alliance - Rainbow, through 4 members of its Political Secretariat, registered today a complaint against Greek diplomat Georgios Ayfantis and its political supervisors at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, charging them of defamation.

Last November, in front of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Legal Affairs & Human Rights Committee), G. Ayfantis tried to justify why Greece remains one of the few counties of the CoE yet to ratify the Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities, although the country has initially signed it 9 years ago. Having absolutely no arguments to do so, he used a series of absurd and completely false allegations When he was directly asked why Greece does not recognize its Macedonian minority, Ayfantis who -unfortunately and under the directions of its supervisors- represented our country at an international organization of significant magnitude, exceeded all limits of impudence by claiming:

“These few (Slavophones) who are represented by EFA-Rainbow are individuals who want to get secession from Greece and join FYROM, supported by people in FYROM..”

So, at last Mr Ayfantis will have the unique opportunity to prove in front of Greek courts his insulting allegations that he manufactured in panic, trying to avoid admitting the true reasons behind Greece’s constant refusal to recognize the ethnic Macedonians within its territory.

EFA-Rainbow will call as witnesses, among others, the Head of the Greek parliamentary delegation in the CoE Mrs Elsa Papadimitriou, the MP’s Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, Theodoros Pangalos and Nassos Alevras, as well as the representatives of the Greek Helsinki Monitor/Greek MRG, all present when the above statement took place. Other witnesses who will be requested to testify are the Florina/Lerin MP Georgios Lianis, the Prefect of Florina/Lerin Ioannis Stratakis and representatives of international organizations for the protection of human rights and freedom of speech.

The Press Office of EFA Rainbow

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