The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an important statement directed to the political parties in opposition and reads as follows:
''According to Article 146 of the Penal Code, "Any person who deliberately and illegally surrenders or leaves to the possession or knowledge of others documents, plans or other things or news that the interests of the state or its allies require to be kept confidential vis-à-vis a foreign government, is punished by imprisonment for up to 10 years. " At the same time, the National Security Code in Article 26 provides that "all or part of the ETNA document shall be strictly forbidden".
The foreign policy and national interests of the country go beyond any [political] party struggles and controversies. Consequently, the Opposition, can not violate the penal code it has voted and the National Security Regulation it adopted in June 2004, in the name of party conflicts [politics[.
With great patience and sense of responsibility, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. N. Kotzias, has kept a silent position insofar, with consideration the protection of national security and national interests, which, unfortunately, others offer to the service of [political[ party interests
But now we are in the unpleasant position of having to publicly call upon on the opposition parties to behave at last with responsibility, in wisdom and sobriety.''