ND’s Koumoutsakos: Gov’t leaving Greek parties “in the dark” about FYROM name issue negotiations

New Democracy deputy Giorgos Koumoutsakos, responsible for foreign affairs, accused the government on Wednesday of “leaving Greek parties in the dark” about its foreign policy actions, especially about sensitive issues.

“We have no information, we are proceeding in the dark, and today (Wednesday) when Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet with FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, instead of representing a national position built through discussion and briefings, he is on his own,” Koumoutsakos said, ahead of Tsipras’ meeting with Zaev in Davos, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum.

Speaking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), Koumoutsakos said that the government is responsible for “the country’s appearing to have a divided public opinion and confrontational political relations on such a crucial diplomatic battle of huge importance in foreign affairs”.

“The government decided to exclude Greece’s political forces from information,” Koumoutsakos told ANA, quering why “Europeans are informed and not the Greeks,” and explaining that “what we asked is a basic briefing on how things are proceeding.”