Europe appeared united over Turkey, gov’t spokesman Tzanakopoulos says

“It is important that Europe showed itself united” on the issue of Turkish aggression, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said on Monday in an interview with “Sto Kokkino” radio station, noting that Turkey must return to the path of legality and reason.

Regarding the course of the negotiations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on the name issue, Tzanakopoulos estimated that a solution will be found as soon as possible, while stressing that the Greek side will insist on a revision of FYROM’s constitution, since this is a requirement if the name agreed upon is to apply in all circumstances or “erga omnes”.

Speaking on the same subject, he said that the political conditions have been found and now the technical conditions must be found as well. He noted that the talks are on the right track, though there was still a lot of work to do and ground to cover until an agreement was reached.

Tzanakopoulos also expressed his certainty that, if Athens and Skopje manage to reach an agreement on a name, it will also be possible to get a substantial parliamentary majority to back it.

Commentating on the Novartis case, the spokesman noted that the government did everything it could to shed light on the case, while the opposition, through its departure from the relevant committee, showed that it does not the truth revealed but a cover-up.

On the Regional Development Conference, which began this morning in Thessaloniki, he noted that it is very important, because the government’s planning for the new production model will be based on the specific conferences.