Greek officials condemn Paris killings, express solidarity


Officials across the political spectrum condemned the Paris attacks Saturday and expressed Greece’s solidarity with the victims.

“The terrorists will defeat us… if they force us to abandon our values, and lead us to a fortified Europe inhabited by fearful peoples,” said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, describing the killings as an attack on a Europe of democracy, freedom and multiculturalism.

He added that Western states had an obligation to work toward a resolution of military conflict and find a solution to the refugee crisis.

Conservative opposition leader Evangelos Meimarakis expressed his “sadness and indignation” over the killings, saying that the terrorists had made a target of “European achievements, principles and values.”

“The response to the enemies of freedom cannot be fear,” said President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who also called his French counterpart to express his condolences over the tragedy.