Greek FM Kotzias Resigns, PM Tsipras Takes Over

FILE - Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, third right, arrives at the village Psarades, Prespes, Greece, before the signing of an agreement on FYROM's new name, on Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

ATHENS – Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has resigned following a disagreement with the defense minister over the handling of a recent deal which would change FYROM’s name in exchange for Greece dropping its objections to the country joining NATO.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced he had accepted Kotzias’ resignation and said he would take over the foreign ministry himself in order “to help with all his powers in the successful completion” of the name change deal, his office said.

Kotzias’s move came a day after a cabinet meeting during which he reportedly had a heated argument with Defense Minister Panos Kammenos over the name deal and felt he didn’t receive sufficient support from his colleagues and the prime minister in return.

“The PM and a series of ministers made their choices in yesterday’s (cabinet) meeting, and then I made mine,” Kotzias said in a tweet. His resignation letter was not immediately made public.

Kammenos, who heads the governing coalition’s junior party, has long objected to the deal and threatened to leave the coalition if the agreement comes to parliament for ratification.

FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Greece’s Foreign Minister, left, Nikos Kotzias, speaks with Defense Minister Panos Kammenos before a group picture of the new government outside the Parliament in Athens. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

Greece has long argued that use of the term Macedonia by its northern neighbor harbored territorial claims on its own northern province of the same name. Under the agreement, the country would change its name to North Macedonia in return for NATO membership.

But Kammenos’ small right-wing Independent Greeks had vowed to oppose the deal and vote against it in parliament, which would leave the government dependent on the support of opposition parties to see it approved.

Kotzias had been angered by statements made by Kammenos during a recent trip to the United States, where the defense minister had raised the possibility of an alternate plan to the name deal — something which would go counter to current Greek and U.S. policy.

Asked earlier Wednesday during an interview on Alpha TV about reports Kotzias was deeply annoyed with Kammenos, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said: “I can’t believe that. Because the government’s policy . on (the name deal) is the policy that Mr. Kotzias agrees with. So there is no reason for discontent.”

FILE – From left to right, FYROM’s Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, FYROM’s Prime minister Zoran Zaev, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, clap hands during a signing agreement on FYROM’s new name in the village of Psarades, Prespes Greece, on Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Without directly referring to Kotzias, Tzanakopoulos had previously said that “the government train is carrying on.”

“Whoever doesn’t want to reach the destination, or feels discontent during the journey, can get off the train,” he added.

Tzanakopoulos said Tuesday’s cabinet meeting involved “an open political discussion” on Kammenos’ disagreement with the name deal.

“Of course we know there is a specific political disagreement that Mr. Kammenos has expressed ten months ago,” he added.

7 Comments

    1. Well, Well….. Full blown dictatorship in the makings… isn’t this special….U.S and Nato…must be doing cartwheels….they have created a New Dictator in FYROM …. who is circumventing the will of the people …and now we have Tsipras …who also continues to circumvent the will of the people …and makes both the people of Greece and Fyrom ….headed into …more US bases and occupation…to threaten world peace! So now we have dictatorships under the control of these White Supremacist degenerates in Israel , Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Qatar, UAE, Phillipines….. all involved in bombing somewhere in the world with U.S demented members of the C.I.A, Pentagon, and Media!

      Can you imagine that….Tsipras is now in charge…..and I am sure …he can find some the Aristocratic leaders of the Greek Masons…to fly in and administer one of their initiation rituals to bless him!

  1. Yes Michael Comrade Tsipras Taking over the entire government portfolio, Next he will be goose stepping down syntagma square…

    ” All Hail Our Fearless Leader”

    “The Left JUNTA has begun”

    Paint Athina Red, Let The Anarchist Have Free Reign, Attack The Astynomia….Ahhhh nothing like real freedom…build more refugee prisons,

    ” MAKE GREECE RED AGAIN ”

    ALOHA ELLAS

    1. Pavlo….you are the best… while I am laughing and falling over …what you have posted…I must catch myself…and understand the truth and seriousness of your words!

      Because only White Surpremacist degenerates., like the Anglo evangelicals in America and England…can possibly be responsible for this!

      Only they from….the very foundation of religion in America…as practiced in Salem, Massachusetts…where allegedly witches were fried for their blasphemy ….are capable of worshiping this dictators , like the Saudi Princes…while burning and murdering…. innocent children in Yemen, Iraq, Yugoslavia, libya, Afganistan….because there leaders blasphemously…. questioned their authority and their punishments!

      However…how about adding …what’s next ….”Give Me Liberty…or Give me Death”! or ” I’m a Yankee doodle Dandy”…..James Cagney …and Mr Cohan!

  2. The head clown tripped on his gown
    He fell down and cracked his crown
    His smile morphed into a grim frown
    And the court jester had a meltdown.

  3. Tsipras carry on with the work left behind by the Zachariadis, a gofer of the criminal element Stalin.

    1. Maybe….but Tsipras is now the gofer for the new alliance of communist and fascist…from washington and Brussells! You haven’t notice … that countries like Hungary ,Poland and Austria are being insubordinate to the proletariate in Brussels…who are now ordering, like the old proletariate of the Soviet Block… to stop representing the will of the people who elected them …or face penalities …or worse…intervention by the U.S …head of all the proletariate countries of the EU!

      Johnie …you need to return from your time travel….and recognize the New leaders of the Soviet Block…are in Washington and Brussels! Nothing has changed … and countries…like Hungary…who resisted the old proletariate… and thought that becoming independent mean’t joining the EU….is not true… and now are beginning to cozy up with their former brothers Russia… to now run from those …who do not respect the national interests and rights of the sovereign country of Hungary!

      And you are right… Tsipras will carry on…for the Infterest of the Proletariate in Brussels and Washington…not the people of Greece!

      What is clear ..is you need to realize …that you and many well intentioned American have been systematically been brainwashed to make the enemies of white supremacist degenerates …who have adopted the tactics of the oppressive communist systems …the enemies of the world!

      Sorry… but that is the truth… and in remaining silent to blatant evidence…you only fool yourself… and deny plausible responsibility for the deaths of millions of Human beings…and soon..to be civilization!

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