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
- 1922: The Greek army evacuated Eastern Thrace followed by thousands of Greek and Armenian refugees
- 1925: The Pangalos government, in reaction to Bulgarian provocations, ordered the advancement of Greek troops into Bulgaria. They withdrew a week later under pressure from the League of Nations
- 1929: Fox Movietone Follies of 1929, the first motion picture with sound played at the Attikon cinema in Athens
- 1957: Sir John Harding resigned as military governor of Cyprus
- Births: Manos Loizos, music composer, (1937)
- Deaths: Archbishop of Athens Chrysostom I (1938), Giorgos Bouzianis, painter (1959).