Mitsotakis says government must present united position on FYROM name

The government must present a united position on the dispute over the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) , New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday in an interview with news website capital.gr.

“In order to comment on whether there really is a missed opportunity, we need to know what the official position of the majority is. So far, I’ve heard nothing. When the government formally states its position through the Prime Minister, expressing both government partners, then we will be able to comment on the details of any solution the government will finally negotiate on,” he was quoted as saying.

Asked whether he believes the proposal will be a composite name with geographic qualifiers, Mitsotakis said he preferred “not to speculate”, adding that it remains to be seen whether the government will follow that line.

Concerning the position of junior coalition party leader Panos Kammenos, he said: “I have absolutely no doubt that, eventually, Mr. Kammenos will do whatever is necessary to remain in the chair of the minister of defence […] He will demonstrate a great political flexibility in this matter, as in many other,” he added.