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Posted by Stephanie on April 06, 2002 at 12:26:26:

In Reply to: Please help Greeks Abroad--- posted by Byzantian on April 06, 2002 at 10:17:01:

Akrites.org (SEE PROPOSAL )

The internet initiative AKRITES consists of over 500 Greeks

abroad who inevitably face conscription difficulties, as

their family and professional obligations, together with the existing

Greek legal framework, do not allow them to fulfill their military


The AKRITES core was, up to now, mostly consisted of scientists

(academics, researchers, medical doctors, industry executives and

students) due to their easier access to the Internet. However, the

World Wide Web revolution, together with the recent media attention to

the issue, enlarged the circle of AKRITES, awakening even more of the

18,000+ "self-exiled" Greeks abroad, who ask for a

fair solution to the problem.

In the AKRITES community, there are are no discriminations. Everybody

with pending military obligations or conscription concerns can join



Over 18,000 Greeks who were driven abroad for a better future, either

by later returning to Greece or by staying permanently abroad.

These people did not go abroad to avoid their military service.

The prolonged state of exile, away from homeland and family, is more

painful than the few difficulties during the military service. Many

of these Greek started a family of their own, followed the career they

always dreamed of, or formed official ties with their country of stay

by becoming permanent residents and even citizens of that country. As

a result, these people were not able to fulfill their military

obligations. Consequences?

Over 18,000 Greeks alienated from homeland, burdened with family

issues, professional dilemmas and travel deadlocks, disgusted by the

mockery of the Greek consulates, the conscription services and the

apathy of the Greek political and military establishment. What is the

gain of the Greek State from this situation?



We ask for the understanding of the problem from the State, the

enactment of unified and fair regulations in the framework of the

imminent conscription legislation. Under no circumstances do we demand

to be exempt from our constitutional duty of military service. We


Unification of the legislation for immigrants and permanent residents

of foreign countries by the following means:

Extension of the beneficial measures of law


for all the permanent

residents of foreign countries without any exceptions

(read the related


appeal of the Council of Hellenes Abroad to the Hellenic Ministry of Defense)

Objective and realistic criteria for the characterization

of Greeks abroad as permanent residents of foreign countries.

Legislation to allow serving the military service in parts by extending

the law N. 2510/97 for Greeks with conscription difficulties

irrespectively of age.

Disassociation of Greek passport validity from the conscription

condition status and allowing for short family visits to Greece.

Discussion and measures for a long-term solution to the problem.




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