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House passes ‘respect for Greece’ resolution

The House on Thursday narrowly passed a resolution calling on the European Union to respect the sovereignty of the Greek people ahead of a crunch referendum on new austerity measures.

The resolution – drafted by the EDEK party – passed with 27 votes in favour.

All 26 present MPs of the DISY and DIKO parties abstained.

The text of the resolution notes that Greece is experiencing its most severe humanitarian crisis since World War II.

It calls on the EU and its institutions to “fully respect the democratic choices and the popular sovereignty of the Greek people and to take the appropriate structural decisions on a political level.”

It urges the EU to “embrace a Europe where the values of democracy, solidarity, equality, freedom and dignity are dominant, rather than a Europe dominated by expediencies and an economism serving the interests of extra-institutional power centres.”

The debate preceding the vote in the House inevitably led to jibes among MPs about their respective parties’ ‘solidarity’ toward Greece.

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