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Grčija: kaj pomeni 60 let v Natu

What did it feel like to join NATO in 1952? Here we ask someone who was there. Vice-Admiral Vasilios Mitsakos recounts how Greece joining the young NATO Alliance meant spending more time with international counterparts. And how even babysitting duties drew countries together...

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Greece:

what 60 years in NATO means

60 years ago, Greece

was exhausted from fighting

in the Second World War

and then a civil war.

Its accession to NATO

was a move designed

to help Greece and the Alliance.

Greece was coming out of

a devastating… not only world war,

but also a civil war right after that.

And Greece throughout

the war years, the world war years,

was supporting

the ideals and the basic principles

of what then became NATO.

The closing of the defensive

perimeter around the Soviet block

through the accession

of Greece and Turkey

was of pivotal strategic importance.

Security in the post-world war

was unattainable for both of them

through national means alone.

Officers in the Greek army

were some of the first

to actively engage

in NATO membership.

Vice Admiral Vasilios Mitsakos

was an officer in the Greek navy

when Greece joined NATO in 1952.

I was one of the first officers

who were sent to England,

to HMS Excellent, to pass

a long NATO course for gunnery

and we were also

sending officers in all schools,

communication, navigation,

to cooperate more easily

with the NATO forces

in the Mediterranean.

Never before 1952 did Greece

have an alliance, a formal alliance

with the great parts of the West.

Even in the two world wars…

Greece got involved in the two

world wars without securing first

an alliance with Great Britain

or with France.

Therefore,

participation in NATO was crucial.

The move not only led

to more integration of Greece

with international partners,

it also led to a closer relationship

with its neighbour Turkey.

After we connected with NATO

we were more related and more

connected also with Turkish navy.

There were different

opportunities to be related

and we understood

a little more each other

because if you don’t know someone,

you are more, let’s say,

not afraid, but you do not

understand very much the other.

NATO did exert

a moderating influence,

even in times

of Greek-Turkish disputes.

I mean, both countries being

conscious that they need to behave

in such ways not to cause

the wrath of their allies.

But not just formal training

brought both nations closer together.

Admiral Mitsakos recounts how,

when on a NATO posting,

he became closer to a Turkish

general, who lived next-door.

My small daughter,

who was in the first class

of junior high school,

was working

as a babysitter for the general

when they had somewhere to go.

And so you were connected

a little more of course.

NATO has become a place

where, despite some difficulties,

Greece and Turkey have

come together for 60 years.

The post-war period,

even today, is, I think,

nearer when both Greece and Turkey

recognise common interests,

even at a time when they disagree

or engage in disputes.

60 years after both joining of NATO,

Greece and Turkey that is,

we should be looking at the next step,

which is cooperation, synergies,

is trying to reach out for the rest

of the world that cannot wait for us.

And as a first-hand witness

to how all this unfolded,

the final word goes

to Admiral Mitsakos.

I had very good relations

with a Turkish colonel

and I would say that…

And he told me one time:

You are my neighbour

and you are my best friend.

Greece:

what 60 years in NATO means

60 years ago, Greece

was exhausted from fighting

in the Second World War

and then a civil war.

Its accession to NATO

was a move designed

to help Greece and the Alliance.

Greece was coming out of

a devastating… not only world war,

but also a civil war right after that.

And Greece throughout

the war years, the world war years,

was supporting

the ideals and the basic principles

of what then became NATO.

The closing of the defensive

perimeter around the Soviet block

through the accession

of Greece and Turkey

was of pivotal strategic importance.

Security in the post-world war

was unattainable for both of them

through national means alone.

Officers in the Greek army

were some of the first

to actively engage

in NATO membership.

Vice Admiral Vasilios Mitsakos

was an officer in the Greek navy

when Greece joined NATO in 1952.

I was one of the first officers

who were sent to England,

to HMS Excellent, to pass

a long NATO course for gunnery

and we were also

sending officers in all schools,

communication, navigation,

to cooperate more easily

with the NATO forces

in the Mediterranean.

Never before 1952 did Greece

have an alliance, a formal alliance

with the great parts of the West.

Even in the two world wars…

Greece got involved in the two

world wars without securing first

an alliance with Great Britain

or with France.

Therefore,

participation in NATO was crucial.

The move not only led

to more integration of Greece

with international partners,

it also led to a closer relationship

with its neighbour Turkey.

After we connected with NATO

we were more related and more

connected also with Turkish navy.

There were different

opportunities to be related

and we understood

a little more each other

because if you don’t know someone,

you are more, let’s say,

not afraid, but you do not

understand very much the other.

NATO did exert

a moderating influence,

even in times

of Greek-Turkish disputes.

I mean, both countries being

conscious that they need to behave

in such ways not to cause

the wrath of their allies.

But not just formal training

brought both nations closer together.

Admiral Mitsakos recounts how,

when on a NATO posting,

he became closer to a Turkish

general, who lived next-door.

My small daughter,

who was in the first class

of junior high school,

was working

as a babysitter for the general

when they had somewhere to go.

And so you were connected

a little more of course.

NATO has become a place

where, despite some difficulties,

Greece and Turkey have

come together for 60 years.

The post-war period,

even today, is, I think,

nearer when both Greece and Turkey

recognise common interests,

even at a time when they disagree

or engage in disputes.

60 years after both joining of NATO,

Greece and Turkey that is,

we should be looking at the next step,

which is cooperation, synergies,

is trying to reach out for the rest

of the world that cannot wait for us.

And as a first-hand witness

to how all this unfolded,

the final word goes

to Admiral Mitsakos.

I had very good relations

with a Turkish colonel

and I would say that…

And he told me one time:

You are my neighbour

and you are my best friend.

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