Our meeting today has been overshadowed by deeply sorrowful news. Mikis Theodorakis has now crossed into the sphere of eternity. His voice has fallen silent and all Greeks, throughout the world, have fallen silent along with him.
As it was once said for Kostis Palamas, “we had all forgotten that he is mortal”. Nevertheless, he endows us with his songs, his political activity, and with all that he offered to our nation at crucial moments.
Romiosini is crying today.
This is why the government declares a period of national mourning for three days, starting today.
I am honored to have known him for many years. In fact I visited him fairly recently. His advice was always precious to me, especially when he spoke about the unity of our people and overcoming divisions.
I believe that the foremost honor for such a Greek of international stature would be for us to turn precisely that message of his into reality, through our everyday work. Mikis is our History and we need to write the next chapter in the manner that he would have prefered.