Defence minister Panos Kammenos urges ‘complete confidence’ in Kotzias

Defence Minister and junior ruling coalition partner Panos Kammenos on Thursday called on the country’s political forces to display “complete confidence” in Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, in statements as he emerged from a government meeting focusing on the FYROM name issue, among others.

In a message addressed to main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Kammenos noted that ND’s leader should have “complete confidence in the foreign minister, who is negotiating the national position.”

According to Kammenos, there were two landmark decisions concerning the issue: that made by the political leaders’ council under President Constantine Karamanlis and the decision made in Bucharest.

“I consider that the negotiations will continue, I have faith in the foreign minister. I say to the Greek people that Mr. Kotzias is not one of those people that sign one thing and then say another,” he said.

“I believe that this policy forms part of Greece’s broader effort to constitute the core of an axis of stability in the Balkans and the Mediterranean and will lead to an improvement of the country’s geopolitical position and a solution to problems that have troubled the wider region for many years. This means that the negotiation will be tough and that, when the time comes, the political forces must shape the final national solution,” he added.

Kammenos said he continued to insist on the “standing national position shaped at the political leaders’ council” and expressed hope that the solution found “will be a solution that safeguards national interests and, at the same time, is acceptable to all the political sphere.”