Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ statement to Greek journalists following his meetings in Oman (Muscat, 20.10.2021)

JOURNALIST: Minister, how do you assess Turkey’s frenzied reactions, regarding both the two Agreements signed by Greece and yesterday’s Trilateral Summit, and even against the Commission, which in its report calls on Turkey to refrain from unilateral provocations?

N. DENDIAS: Frankly, certain things cannot be understood, at least not in the context of the principles of Law, good neighbourliness and understanding between nations and countries.

Greece has always acted having International Law as a guide and rule of conduct. Egypt and the Republic of Cyprus are doing the same. And beyond that, of course, the Agreement between Greece and France and the Agreement between the Hellenic Republic and the United States are agreements that are totally beneficial for NATO and for the stability and security in our region. Turkish reactions can only be explained, I have said it before, if Turkey perceives itself as an aggressor. In any other sense they are completely incomprehensible.

I would like to say one last thing, which was also underlined by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis yesterday, during the Trilateral Summit. The Agreements and the understandings of Greece are not directed against any other state. And of course, they are not directed against Turkey. Turkey is welcome to be part of this understanding on the condition that it realizes that the rule is International Law, the International Law of the Sea, on the condition it lifts the casus belli against Greece and also subscribes to the rules of the Law of the Sea, i.e. UNCLOS. I think these are self-evident things.

Let me say something else. I had the great pleasure of being in Oman today. Historically speaking, I am the second Greek Minister to visit Oman. I think that a brilliant opportunity opens up for Greece to look beyond its narrow horizon. There is immense potential for cooperation with the Gulf countries, and beyond that, with India, Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, precisely within the framework of the principles I described earlier, namely International Law and the International Law of the Sea.

JOURNALIST: Minister, tomorrow you will travel to Tripoli, Libya, for a conference organized by your Libyan counterpart. What is the message that Greece conveys, as a neighbouring country of Libya?

N. DENDIAS: Greece returned to Libya having one goal: To help, within its own capabilities, bring Libya back to the path of stability and security; to return to this path that will ensure a better future for its society, for its people.

Greece considers that there are some self-evident preconditions that must be met to achieve this. The first one is the withdrawal of mercenaries and the withdrawal of foreign forces, as well as the free expression of the will of the Libyan people through elections, to be held on December 24, as determined by the UN Security Council. Greece is coming to Libya with this agenda, and without the slightest notion of self-serving purposes, because we do not have any.

Zoom Named a Leader in 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Unified Communications as a Service

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM), today announced that analyst firm Gartner has named Zoom a Leader in the 2021 Magic Quadrant for UCaaS. This is the second time Zoom has been named in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for UCaaS (2020 was the first year that Zoom was recognized) and its second consecutive time as a Leader.

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Selon Bill Wang, vice-président chez Huawei, la création d’un réseau cible entièrement optique peut favoriser une croissance continue de la valeur de l’entreprise

DUBAÏ, EAU, 20 octobre 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Aujourd’hui, le 7e Forum sur l’ultra-large bande (UBBF2021) est ouvert à Dubaï. Lors de la première journée, Bill Wang, vice-président de la gamme de produits optiques de Huawei, a prononcé un discours liminaire. Il a souligné que les réseaux cibles entièrement optiques non seulement offrent des avantages en matière d’économie d’énergie et permettent une amélioration des tarifs, mais accélèrent en outre la transformation numérique de diverses industries, apportent une expérience de service supérieure et génèrent des valeurs commerciales plus élevées.

Bill Wang, Vice President of Huawei Optical Product Line, delivering a keynote speech

Les opérateurs mondiaux accroissent continuellement leurs investissements dans les fibres optiques, améliorent la qualité du haut débit et développent des services tels que les lignes privées haut de gamme (de l’anglais : Fiber-to-the-Room, ce qui signifie « Fibre optique jusqu’à la chambre ») et OTN (optical transport network ou réseau de transport optique) pour augmenter les revenus des réseaux fixes. En tant qu’élément fondamental des villes vertes et intelligentes, les réseaux cibles entièrement optiques ont progressivement fait l’objet d’un consensus dans l’industrie.

Cependant, dans le processus de construction de réseaux cibles entièrement optiques pour les villes intelligentes, les opérateurs sont toujours confrontés à des difficultés telles que des coûts élevés, une fourniture de services lente et une gestion difficile de la construction de lignes FTTH (de l’anglais : Fiber-to-the-Home, ce qui signifie « Fibre optique jusqu’au domicile ») du réseau ODN (Optical Distribution Network ou réseau de distribution optique). De plus, le déploiement d’appareils, l’évolution du réseau et le développement de nouveaux services représentent également des préoccupations pressantes.

Bill Wang, vice-président de la ligne de produits optiques chez Huawei, a déclaré : « Pour résoudre ces problèmes, Huawei a lancé les produits de la série DQ ODN et Edge OTN. Ces produits ont été conçus pour aider les opérateurs à construire rapidement des réseaux cibles entièrement optiques qui sont visibles et gérables de bout en bout, à réduire considérablement les coûts d’exploitation et d’entretien des opérateurs, et à fournir une entrée à grande vitesse dans le monde numérique pour diverses industries et ménages. Ils peuvent aider les exploitants à élargir le marché des entreprises, à améliorer l’expérience à large bande à domicile, à réduire les coûts et à accroître les revenus.

DQ ODN est une solution qui implémente plug-and-play, le balayage pour la visualisation des ressources, et l’O&M en un seul clic grâce à la pré-connexion, la reconnaissance d’images intelligente et les technologies d’iris optique. Avec cette solution, les opérateurs peuvent construire rapidement un réseau cible entièrement optique, visible et gérable de bout en bout. Plus précisément, la solution présente les caractéristiques suivantes :

  • La technologie de pré-connexion avec faible perte d’insertion est utilisée pour s’adapter à de multiples solutions de réseau extérieur et intérieur. Il prend en charge la construction de réseaux qui s’adaptent à tous les scénarios, sans épissage, réduisant considérablement la difficulté de construction de réseaux ODN, améliorant l’efficacité de la construction de 70 %, réduisant le délai de mise sur le marché (TTM) de 30 %, et réduisant le coût total de possession (TCO) de 15 %.
  • La reconnaissance d’images intelligente et la première technologie d’iris optique de l’industrie sont utilisées pour identifier automatiquement les changements de caractéristiques clés des signaux optiques après qu’ils passent par des liens ODN, et effectuer la modélisation et l’analyse de données massives sur la plate-forme de gestion de réseau. De cette façon, la topologie et les ressources des liens ODN peuvent être gérées avec précision de manière visualisée, et la précision des ressources à long terme peut atteindre 100 %. De plus, cette solution peut fonctionner avec la plateforme de fourniture de services et de localisation des pannes de Huawei pour mettre en œuvre un approvisionnement rapide et une localisation précise des pannes, réduisant considérablement les coûts d’exploitation et d’entretien pour les opérateurs.

Edge OTN est une plate-forme de porteur intégrée, offrant une gamme complète de services, à même de s’adapter à tous les scénarios. Elle prend en charge les armoires intérieures et extérieures et le déploiement de l’armoire conjointe OLT/BBU, s’adapte à l’installation dans toutes les armoires et répond aux exigences de transmission à grande vitesse et d’économie d’énergie sur les sites d’accès intégrés.

  • La solution Blade-OXC, basée sur l’amélioration de la commutation optique LCoS, prend en charge une fente pour une direction optique, réduisant l’utilisation de l’espace de 75 %. Les produits sont compacts et flexibles, et peuvent être déployés dans différents scénarios.
  • Grâce à la technologie de photonique au silicium, la taille et la consommation d’énergie sont réduites de plus de 60 %. De plus, la capacité est multipliée par cinq.
  • La technologie Liquid OTN est utilisée pour prendre en charge le tranchage OSU, l’accès au service 2M à 100G, le réglage de la bande passante à la demande et la latence ultra-faible, fournissant des connexions premium pour diverses industries.

Les dispositifs Edge OTN hautement intégrés peuvent être facilement co-implantés avec les OLT, en étendant les connexions optiques de qualité supérieure à chaque organisation. Les grandes entreprises peuvent utiliser la solution de ligne privée OTN P2P pour obtenir des connexions E2E de qualité supérieure. Pour un grand nombre de petites et moyennes entreprises (PME), Huawei lance la solution innovante OTN P2MP pour les aider à améliorer rapidement la qualité des connexions. La solution aide également les opérateurs à élargir l’espace du marché des lignes privées.

Dans son discours, Bill Wang a également déclaré que les réseaux entièrement optiques peuvent être appliqués aux industries pour promouvoir la transformation numérique et construire une base entièrement optique sécurisée et efficace pour les villes intelligentes, la garantie d’une expérience unique. Les fibres optiques peuvent être étendues aux usines et aux machines. Les réseaux entièrement optiques peuvent fournir des connexions haut de gamme avec capacité antiparasite, bande passante élevée et faible latence. Lorsqu’ils sont utilisés dans les hôpitaux, les réseaux optiques peuvent assurer une transmission massive de données pour soutenir la télémédecine.

Enfin, Bill Wang a déclaré que les réseaux optiques sont le principal contributeur à la croissance des revenus des services à large bande à domicile et des services aux entreprises. Les réseaux entièrement optiques enrichiront davantage notre vie et notre travail et favoriseront la transformation numérique. Les connexions optiques omniprésentes apporteront des possibilités infinies.

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U.S. Institute of Peace Announces Josephine Ekiru as the 2021 Women Building Peace Award Recipient

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) is proud to announce Ms. Josephine Ekiru of Kenya as the recipient of the Institute’s 2021 Women Building Peace Award.

This prestigious annual award honors women who are building peace in countries impacted by conflict.  A council of distinguished experts selected nine finalists among 125 nominations from more than 30 countries.

“If you look around the world, most peace-builders are women,” said USIP President Lise Grande. “It’s our responsibility to do more to support and celebrate these women.”

Ms. Ekiru is the Peace Coordinator for the Northern Rangelands Trust in Kenya, a unique peace group that brings together more than 320,000 indigenous people in Northern and Eastern Kenya as they work together to stop conflict, conserve land, protect wildlife and halt poaching.

The award was presented by U.S. Navy Admiral (Ret.) Michelle Howard as part of a virtual ceremony that featured the other finalists and paid special tribute to the women of Afghanistan.

“Ms. Ekiru is a heroine,” said Nancy Lindborg, honorary chair of the Women Building Peace (WBP) Council. “Her work to build peace is northern Kenya is a model for all of us.”

“It has been a wonderful experience hearing these women’s stories,” said Marcia Myers Carlucci, co-chair of the WBP Council. “Their commitment to peace, exceptional leadership and their impact in their communities are nothing short of inspiring.”

“These are some of the strongest and most courageous women you’ll ever meet,” said Megan Beyer, co-chair of the WBP Council. “We’re humbled by what they do every single day.”

For information on the award, visit www.usip.org/womenbuildingpeace

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ statements following his meeting with the Foreign Minister of Oman, Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood Al Βusaidi (Muscat, 20 October 2021)

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ statements following his meeting with the Foreign Minister of Oman, Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood Al Βusaidi (Muscat, 20 October 2021)It is a great pleasure to be in Muscat today. I have to say my visit here was long overdue.

Allow me to take this opportunity to congratulate you, dear Minister, your Excellency, on your appointment as the first Foreign Minister of the Sultanate. With your huge experience, I am sure you will do a great job, both for the Sultanate, but also for the region and for the world. And also allow me to extend our heartfelt condolences for the losses the Sultanate suffered as a result of the cyclone Shaheen.

Geographically speaking, our countries may seem a little far away, but they are not; they are just a few hours flight. And as you said, we share many things in common, such as our commitment to upholding International Law, peace, stability, prosperity. We are very much interested, we Greece, as a maritime nation and I am here speaking also to a maritime nation, we care very much for the International Law of the Sea, including the fundamental right of the freedom of navigation.

And in this vein, I would like to announce that Greece will support the candidature of Ambassador Al Azri for his re-election to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.

And we do that, because we remain convinced that we should support countries that uphold the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, a Convention that you have signed more than 30 years ago. And which constitutes part of customary International Law.

Greece shares also with you the commitment to the peaceful resolution of disputes through dialogue on the basis of International Law.

And by implementing these principles, we Greece, over the past couple of years, we have agreed and delimited our sea zones with two of our neighbours, Italy and Egypt.

And also we have agreed to defer the issue of delimitation to the International Court of Justice with our neighbour, Albania.

So, in this context, I would like also to commend you also for your mediating efforts in order to resolve disputes in your region and in order to address international challenges, especially here in this very important area of the world.

We attach, as I said before, particular importance to this region and the European Union should attach particular importance to this region.

Ι would like to say that, especially, I have to underline your constructive role in Yemen and the huge efforts you are conducting in order to address especially the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

I would also like to condemn terrorist attacks against any country in the region, lately against Saudi Arabia, and especially condemn terrorist attacks against civilian targets.

I have to say that we, Greece, besides our bilateral relations with Gulf countries, we have expanded our cooperation with the Gulf Cooperation Council, of which the Sultanate is a proud member. Last April, we have signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the GCC Secretary General and we met a few weeks ago in New York. And I am expecting him in Athens next week. So I hope that you are next after the Secretary General of the GCC.

And as a final remark I would say that I am very happy today that we deepened our bilateral relations by the Memoranda we have signed.

But we have to go forward. These two agreements are testimony of our joint commitment, but also a first step towards future efforts.

And I am very much looking forward to continuing working with you personally and with the Sultanate of Oman in this direction.

Thank you so much for your very kind hospitality.

JOURNALIST: Your excellency, can you please tell us more about the Agreements that you signed today?

N. DENDIAS: Thank you for giving me this opportunity. First of all, we signed an Agreement on Political Consultations. We believe that we and the Sultanate of Oman understand the international relations in a very similar way. And we would like to institutionalise that. That is to have exchanges between the two Ministries which allow us to understand each other, understand the positions and find common grounds on addressing the challenges. And in a way we think that by signing this Agreement today we show our appreciation for the huge efforts of the Sultanate in addressing the crisis in Yemen and in the region.

The second one is in a way a facilitation of the meetings of the diplomats of our two sides. But let me say, we consider this as a first of many steps. We would like to sign an Agreement on facilitating investment between our two countries. We would like to sign an Agreement on double non taxation, because no businessman will invest in both our countries if he or she is going to be taxed two times. We have to do an Agreement on cultural exchanges. You have a very huge and proud tradition. We have a huge and proud tradition. Let’s exchange experience from the past that will be the common ground of the future. Tourism could be something that we could cooperate. So may I say, the sky is the limit.

JOURNALIST: What is the relation between the people of our two countries…(inaudible)

N. DENDIAS: We believe we are not very far away. Sometimes when there is nothing to concentrate our mind, we don’t look to each other eye to eye. We are only a few-hours flight away. We have a huge tourism industry. Every year Greece is being visited by four, five times its own population. So, we would like to encourage Greeks to visit Oman. And also, we would like to encourage Omanis to visit Greece. And we believe that if people get to know each other, and if businessmen get to know each other, and if common experiences are being created and shared between people, then the rest will come axiomatically one by one. There is time to put flesh on the bones of our very good relations.

JOURNALIST: Your excellency, how do you describe trade exchange between the two countries and what are the means of enhancing it?

N. DENDIAS: Let me be frank, the level of our trade is unacceptable. It is less than 25 million euros, it’s not serious.It is the level of trade between two medium-small sized companies, not two countries. And it is our fault, both our countries’ fault. And it’s both our countries’ fault because by having no differences between us, we didn’t look at each other, and we didn’t care about each other. As I said before, we don’t even have a double non taxation Treaty. So how can one expect businessmen to work with each other.

But let’s not look to the past. Let’s look to the future. We have agreed with my dear colleague that I am going to send here my Under Secretary for Economic Affairs and he will look to discuss with the investment authorities of Oman how can we invest in Oman, as Greece, and how can Oman invest in Greece. And then we will arrange business to business meetings.  

We need work, but one thing is certain: that there is huge room for improvement. From where we are now, I think there is so much we can do more, that we could only blame ourselves if we do not achieve it in two or three years from now. Not just to triple but to … ten or twenty times up from where we are. Thank you.