At International Humanitarian Conference for the civilians of Gaza organized by the initiative of the President of France Emmanuel Macron, the Greek Prime Minister will participate today, in Paris.
Earlier, Mr Mrs. Mitsotakis will have a meeting with the Prime Minister of Palestine Mohammad Ibrahim Shtayyeh, in which he is expected to repeat the Greek position, that Hamas is a terrorist organization that does not represent the Palestinian people and that the only legal representative of the Palestinians is the Palestinian Authority, while he will emphasize the Greece’s firm position for a two-state solution in accordance with UN resolutions, as he had pointed out in his communication with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
At the Conference, which takes place in the Elysee, EU member states, states of the region, members of the G20 with the exception of Russia, the President of the Commission and the President of the European Council have been invited, while they will be present, international donors, the UN and regional organizations, the Palestinian Authority and non-governmental organizations working on the ground in the Gaza Strip.
Mr. Mitsotakis will repeat the Greek positions for condemning Hamas terrorism and Israel’s right to self-defense pursuant to International law. He is expected to stress that all sides must respect International Humanitarian Law, underline his growing concern over civilian casualties in Gaza and the need to take concrete measures to prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the region.
The Greek Prime Minister will emphasize the need for humanitarian pauses, so that there is a continuous flow of aid to the Gaza Strip, and he will point out the readiness of Greece as a country in the region to contribute to the efforts to de-escalate and relieve the civilian population.
After all, Greece has already sent humanitarian aid with C130 through Egypt, while he is in consultation with the parties involved and with the Republic of Cyprus on the possibility of opening a humanitarian corridor by sea to the Gaza Strip, an undertaking which, as pointed out, is operationally particularly complex.