Government rejects Samaras, Tsipras’ meeting proposal

There would be “no sense” in a meeting between Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, or attempting to reach an understanding, as long as the main opposition continued to demand the premier’s resignation, New Democracy party secretary Andreas Papamimikos commented on Wednesday, speaking on the radio station ‘Vima’.

“We see top brass in SYRIZA, such as Mr. Pappas, saying that Mr. Tsipras will meet with Mr. Samaras in order to ask for his resignation… We will not meeting and reach understanding with people who create division and the rest are pretexts,” he said.

Commenting on statements made by SYRIZA spokesman Panos Skourletis on this issue, he noted that the prime minister had offered an open invitation to Tsipras to meet and agree on the issues such as the new president or revising the constitution.

“But when the answer we get from the head of the main opposition leader’s office is that Mr. Tsipras, if he decides to see the prime minister, will ask for his resignation then, I’m sorry, but that is an insult not just to the prime minister but to the institution. One cannot, therefore, reply to hypothetical situations. Let us see how things are and then we can talk.”

Papamimikos went on to note that ND had often proven that it was in favour of national understanding while SYRIZA, by contrast, “appears to want to convene the political party leaders’ council essentially in order to set a date for elections”.