President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos made another intervention in view of the July 5 Greek referendum. “We all know that Greece’s path in Europe and the Eurozone is a one-way street. Not only for financial reasons, but also for reasons of national security,” he said during his meeting with Hellenic Bank Association President Louka Katseli.
Pavlopoulos said: “I would like to thank you for the update regarding the banking system issues and the economy in general and you have given me the opportunity to stress that the road to the referendum is not allowed to disrupt the much needed unity of the Greek people under any circumstances.”
“The referendum, which is an institution of democracy, serves democracy only when it is conducted under conditions that do not allow any division.”
Katseli noted that these are difficult times “we must all face calmly, with unity and determination.” She assured the Greek President and the people that the banks are making every effort to ensure that the capital controls will not disrupt the smooth operation of the Greek banking system and its ability to meet the needs of its customers, “from the simple pensioner to every trading company.”
“We are giving a daily battle to meet the demands of the people at these difficult times. Things are running smoothly. There is still liquidity,” she said.
President of the Hellenic Republic cancells visit to Germany
The German President’s office said Pavlopoulos has cancelled a previously planned visit to Germany, set for next week.
Pavlopoulos was to make his first visit to Germany since his election as President, meeting German President Joachim Gauck in Berlin. Gauck’s office did not give a reason for the cancelation.
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