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April 20 2008
During the visit of German chansellor Angela Merkel to Athens in July 2007, it was mutually decided with the Greek government to resolve any problems between the two goverments.
In this respect, the German government has officially forwarded on 03.01.2008 the revelant proposals through the German Ambassador to Greece dr. Wolfgang Schultheiss to the office of defence minister E. Meimarakis. Based on a protocol between the Greek Navy and TKMS from February 2007, the proposal suggests an assessment in the framework of G-to-G by the German Navy and the BWB. In mid February 2008, the German Ambassador sent a relevant letter of reminder to the Defence Minister. The latter with a letter (28.02.2008) only to the German Company TKMS and not to the German Government rejected indirectly the German proposals, ignoring that the initiative came from the German chancellor’s office. The thriller carries on with a meeting on 19.03.2008 of the German Ambassador with E. Meimarakis. The Greek Defence Minister has now suggested the existing contract for the acquisition of the submarines of 2000 to be transformed to a governement-to-governemnt pact.
Thus, the submarines issues remains open duet o the new delay!
Why? Is it because of all impending decissions on armament programs so that the resolutions of the submarine issue can serve as a “political allowance” to the German government?
Of course, time will show the real intensions of the Defence Ministry’s political leadership.
Unfortunately, time is restricted for the labour force of Skaramangas Shipyards, which now faces cuts due to the shipyards’ economis “instability” as a result of the submarines’ thriller and the delays. Meanwhile, costs and financial demands by the shipyard in Greece increased to more than 400 mln euros. It is surprising that a submarines of the same 214-class was recently accepted by the Navy of South Korea.