Nat. Defence minister optimistic over resolution of FYROM name issue

National Defence Minister Panos Kammenos expressed optimism that a decent solution could be found over the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) through negotiations with Greece, during a press conference on the works of his ministry during the last three years (2015-17).

Kammenos said such a solution means the issue will not necessitate voting in Parliament or convening the council of Greek party leaders under the chairmanship of the Greek president.

Speaking as head of the junior ruling coalition member, Independent Greeks (ANEL), Kammenos said the party was set against any name that includes the term “Macedonia”.

Asked to clarify, he said that the term “Macedonia” is Greek, while the term “Bardarska” (referring to the river that crosses both countries) is not. If there is a majority approval at Parliament or among political party leaders, the proposed name will be approved, if not, no, he noted.