RENOVATIVE MODERNIST MOVEMENT OF THE LEFT (AEKA)
RAINBOW EUROPEAN MOVEMENT
TURKISH MINORITY MOVEMENT
April 23, 2001
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A meeting of representatives of the Renovative Modernist Movement of
the Left (N. Bistis, D. Antonakou, T. Bouki, T, Tsikas, V. Sakellariou),
of the Rainbow - European Movement (P. Voskopoulos, T. Parisis, G. Tantsopoulos)
and of the Turkish Minority Movement (A. Dede, I. Onsounoglou) was held
at the offices of the A.E.K.A. in Athens.
During the course of the meeting decisions were taken on various forms
of bilateral and trilateral cooperation. There was discussion of the problems
of the ethnic minorities in Greece and an exchange of views on recent
developments in the southern Balkans and the role of the minorities in
The three groups involved were able to agree on a common framework of
principles and views, as described in this statement:
We have observed with profound anxiety the current developments in the
Balkan region. It is our belief that behind all the evils we have experienced
and continue to experience over the last ten years lie those sentiments
of nationalism, those grandiose nationalist ambitions, which have been
the dominant ideological features of the region since the founding of
the Balkan nation states.
It is the minority populations of the region which have been employed
as the main instrument in the implementation of these nationalist policies.
Given our awareness of the way in which the ethnic minorities of the Balkans
have been used in the past, and may very well be used in the future, as
destabilizing factors, we regard the permanence of the existing borders
as a necessary condition of any procedure of dialogue or resolution of
any dispute among the various states and minorities.
The ethnic minorities must not allow themselves to be treated as the
object of rivalry between states and the pretext for intervention in the
internal affairs of the country in which they are living. On the contrary,
they must do their utmost to establish amicable relations of cooperation
and solidarity with the whole citizen body of the state in which they
live. At the same time we believe that the political conduct of a minority
must be such as to reassure the whole population of the country that they
are not seeking either an immediate or an eventual change in the borders
as a condition or consequence of the full recognition of their rights.
It is, of course, a necessary condition of the above that any policy of
oppression of ethnic minorities should be condemned, that their minority
rights should be defended by the organs of the state, and that their ethnic
and cultural identity should be accorded all due respect.
We do not believe that any ethnic minority, whether in the Balkans or
elsewhere in Europe, can engage in a war of liberation and seek to justify
it by the demand for human or minority rights. The truth is that allmost
all the peoples of Europe have now achieved their national emancipation
and founded their respective states some earlier and some later. In those
instances where this has not occurred, the peoples in question enjoy the
right to develop their own particular ethnic cultural identities.
The Balkan states, and the minorities and nationalities which inhabit
them, must learn the lessons of European history as regards the attempt
to achieve gradual unification of the European states, respecting the
rights of ethnic minorities and renouncing nationalist prejudice and conflict.
It is on these principles that every democratic citizen of the Balkans
must base his attitudes and his conduct, so that we may in future live
in a peaceful Balkan region united by ties of true friendship, solidarity