OPINION

Double talk on religious rights

In 2003, then Premier Costas Simitis’s government signed the Dublin II regulation treaty, formerly known as the Dublin Convention. You have to ask the question: What was Simitis thinking? What this means is every illegal undocumented immigrant must apply for asylum in the first EU country they enter. As Greece is at a geographic disadvantage, 80 percent of all illegals arrive in Greece. Since Prime Minister George Papandreou has come into power, more and more illegals have arrived and continue to arrive on a daily basis. Papandreou as a Socialist believes in a multicultural society, or should I say a multi-Muslim society. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been calling for a mosque to be built in Athens; ironically this is a situation he has helped create. Will Mr Nice Guy George Papandreou in his customary purple tie tackle Erdogan on this issue on October 22 when he visits Athens? I doubt it. The only solution to this is to scrap Dublin II and begin the process of mass deportations, and the EU should pay for it. Otherwise, the once-mighty 98 percent Greek majority will be whittled away even further. GEORGE SALAMOURAS, Australia