Greece–Nicaragua relations

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Greece–Nicaragua relations
Map indicating locations of Greece and Nicaragua



Greece–Nicaragua relations are foreign relations between Greece and Nicaragua. Diplomatic relations were officially established on 2 July 1965.[1] Greece is represented in Nicaragua through its embassy in Mexico City.[1] Nicaragua is represented in Greece through its embassy in Rome.[1]


Greece has been a major sponsor of humanitarian aid to Nicaragua, providing significant economic, food and development aid to Nicaragua.[1]


In 1898 Nicaragua asked to buy the three largest ironclads in the Greek fleet, but Greece declined the offer.[2]

During the government of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement from 1981 led by Andreas Papandreou, Greek foreign relations turned from Westernization to a more anti-American stance.[3] This included supporting and being well-disposed toward the Sandinistas in Nicaragua.[3] Papandreou repeatedly described the United States action against the Sandinista as engaging in terrorism.[4] In 1985 the Greek government secretly donated 5000 G-3 rifles to Nicaragua to support the Sandinista resistance.[5][6]


By 1966 there were no trade relations between the countries, but diplomatic relations had been established through the United Nations.[7] Pierre Calongeras had recently been appointed as the Greek ambassador to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and a study was conducted on potential goods for trade with Nicaragua.[7] He also attempted to strengthen cultural ties between the countries through visits of Greek theater groups and Greek films.[7]

In 2006 the Greek ambassador to Nicaragua was Alexander A. Migliaressis.[8]

In June 2011 Samuel Santos Lopez the Nicaraguan Foreign Minister visited Athens to advance international socialism.[9] He spoke of a close friendship with the Greek President of the time Karolos Papoulias, based on Papoulias' support for the Sandinistas in the 1980s.[9] When asked about potential cooperation over trade, culture and tourism, he singled out tourism as the current focus of Nicaraguan efforts.[9]


Greek investor Peter Tsokos has purchased and sold a number of Nicaraguan islands claimed as communal lands in the South Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region as part of a tourism project.[10] Although he was cleared of wrongdoing within the Nicaraguan judiciary, Tsokos was accused of ordering the murder of an indigenous rights lawyer's husband in Bluefields, and a petition regarding the case is being considered by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d "Greece's bilateral relations". Hellenic Republic - Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  2. ^ "Greece Refuses to Sell Warships". The New York Times. 1898-08-12. 
  3. ^ a b Economides, Spyros (2005). Kevin Featherstone, ed. "The Europeanisation of Greek Foreign Policy". West European Politics 28 (2): 471–491. doi:10.1080/01402380500060528. 
  4. ^ Hatch, Orrin G. (1986). "Fighting back against terrorism. When, where, how?". Ohio Northern University Law Review 13: 7. 
  5. ^ Gedda, George (1987-12-14). "Sandinista aide seeks to pre-empt remarks by defector". The Lewiston Daily Sun. p. 5. 
  6. ^ Kinzer, Stephen (1987-12-13). "Nicaragua plans buildup". The Day. p. A8. 
  7. ^ a b c "Teatro y peliculas griegas para Nicaragua". La Nacion (in Spanish). 31 July 1966. p. 66. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Nuevos embajadores de Argelia, Eslovaquia y Grecia en Managua". Nicaragua Hoy (in Spanish). 20 October 2006. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c Pipini, Jason. Οι συνταγές του ΔΝΤ ζημίωσαν τη Νικαράγουα και πολλές χώρες της Λατινικής Αμερικής (in Greek). Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  10. ^ González, Nohelia (12 October 2000). "Griego defiende inversión turística en el Atlántico". La Prensa. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Hearings by Topic

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