There was no such issue of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras choosing between (former) Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and National Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, SYRIZA central committee secretary Panos Skourletis told Antenna TV on Thursday.
On Nikos Kotzias’ resignation, Skourletis said, “There was no change in the government’s policy on the FYROM issue for Mr. Kammenos’ sake. Just the opposite. The PM sent a clear message to at least two recipients, that beyond respecting individual opinions (…) we must all understand the government policy boundaries and respect them.”
Kotzias signed the Greece-FYROM name issue agreement in June, and Kammenos – leader of the junior member of the ruling coalition – has stated repeatedly and publicly that his party (ANEL) will not support it when it comes to Parliament.
Asked to comment on Kammenos’ statements opposing Prespes Agreement, Skourletis said that the prime minister set out very clearly, apparently at Kammenos, that the ANEL…
On This Day
- 1831: Georgios Mavromichalis was executed for the murder of Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias
- 1931: Thousands of Cypriots marched on the governor's mansion in Lefkosia and set it afire.
- 1952: Speaking at a meeting of the Communist Party of the USSR, Nikolaos Zachariadis proclaimed that "Papagos and Plastiras are no different. All dogs are the same".
- 1953: Alexandra Ladikou was voted Miss World first runner-up.
- 1972: An Olympic Airways NIHON YS-11 crashed off the coast of Voula, Athens. 37 drowned, 19 were rescued.
- Births: Nikos Engonopoulos, painter and poet (1907)
- Deaths: Tom Carvel, Greek-American businessman (1990), Georgios Zoitakis, member of the junta that ruled Greece from 1967-1974 (1996), Yiannis Zigdis, politician (1997).