Information Letter of SYRIZA’s Department of international relations and peace issues
June 30, 2015
To the International Department of A JUST
RUSSIA party the Information letter came from Panos Trigazis, Coordinator of
SYRIZA’s Department of International Relations and Peace Issues. The letter was
addressed to "Friendly Political Parties and Movements". Here is the letter.
Friendly Political Parties and Movements
Athens, 29 June 2015
Dear Comrades and friends,
As you know, following the
historic victory of SYRIZA in our national elections on January 25 of this
year, a government of social salvation was formed in Greece, headed by our
Party President, now Prime Minister Mr Alexis Tsipras.
The new government’s clear
mandate from the Greek people was to end the policies of extreme austerity, to
relieve the socially weaker strata and to resolve the intolerable public debt
crisis through negotiations, thereby creating the conditions for economic
recovery and growth.
Negotiations have been going on
since February between the new government and our EU partners, together with
the other institutions involved in the Greek program. From the beginning, the
government’s position has been that the Greek people’s mandate should be
respected and that Greece should be treated as an equal partner in the EU and
The negotiations went through
many stages. In the meantime, the Greek Government took the first steps toward
implementing its program. The first bill
tabled and passed by the new Parliament, aimed to help the government deal with
the country’s humanitarian crisis.
At the same time, the government
did not neglect its task of moving in the direction of a multi-dimensional
actively pro-peace foreign policy, seeking to upgrade Greece’s international
position and role, to the benefit of the Greek people and our country’s
Obviously, democracy and the
sovereignty of the people in our country are not negotiable; we also believe
that this is not in any way incompatible with our membership in the EU and the
Eurozone; on the contrary, it serves the European Idea in the most authentic
Last week, negotiations reached
their most critical point. On Monday, 22 June, during the informal Eurozone
Summit meeting, a well-documented Greek proposal was submitted for agreement by
the institutions (European Commission, European Central Bank, IMF). It was
described by top EU officials as a "good basis" for completing the
negotiations. Despite this, the IMF then
submitted new and unacceptable conditions, primarily in the fields of labour
rights and pensions, for an agreement with Greece. The difficulties it raised made it necessary
for the Prime Minister himself to travel to Brussels to take part in talks with
the institutions and in the regular June EU Summit.
Unfortunately, the Prime Minister
and our negotiating team were confronted with proposals from the institutions
that in fact constituted an ultimatum.
It is characteristic that the President of the European Council, Mr
Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland, addressed Mr Tsipras with the phrase
This development caused the Prime
Minister, upon his return to Athens, to suggest to the Council of Ministers
that a referendum be held so that the people could decide whether or not to
accept the institutions’ proposal. His suggestion was adopted by Parliament. On
June 26, the Greek Parliament voted in favour of the referendum (178 votes for
and 120 against), which was set for Sunday 5 July.
Within the next few days, the
task of the government and the parties that support it will be to campaign for
a "NO" vote in the Referendum.
In the belief that international
solidarity played an important part in SYRIZA’S election victory in January,
and has also been manifested in various ways in the past five months, we appeal
to you to continue and step up your solidarity with the Greek people and our
The battle we are fighting in
Greece is also a battle for Europe and its future. A battle for social justice and international
cooperation on an equal basis.
of SYRIZA’s Department of International Relations and Peace Issues