Koumoutsakos: Changes in FYROM’s constitution, rejection or irredentism a precondition for talks

Changes in the constitution of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and its official rejection of irredentism is a precondition for any negotiations with the neighbouring country, New Democracy’s shadow foreign minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos said on Tuesday.

“In an interview yesterday, Mr. Nikos Kotzias admitted that the constitutional changes in our neighbouring country can be deferred to a vague, distant future. This fully confirms the objections we have expressed from the beginning about the government’s handling of the Skopje issue,” the MP said.

“We reiterate it clearly: the necessary changes to the Skopjan constitution and the rejection of any irredentist policy based on the alleged existence of a Macedonian ethnicity, is a precondition to push the negotiation forward. Even more so [it is a precondition], to reach any agreement on the name issue,” he added.