Need to create culture of ‘compromise and consensus’ in the Western Balkans, Kotzias says at NATO meeting

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias stressed the need to create a culture of “compromise and consensus” in the Western Balkans to achieve stability, in remarks made after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on Friday.

The ministers discussed about fairer burden sharing in the Alliance, NATO’s response to terrorism, its united approach to Russia and the situation in the Western Balkans.

“On our side, we spoke of the need to build stability structures in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. We discussed the existing instability particularly in the Western Balkans and stressed that it is necessary for all sides to be taught about what I call the culture of compromise and consensus,” he told journalists.

“We also discussed the Ukrainian problem and for the first time the new American foreign minister was present in NATO,” he added.

Asked about the recovery of funds belonging to the foreign ministry’s Directorate General of International Development Cooperation-Hellenic Aid, Kotzias said this is part of the ministry’s efforts.

“We have located an amount close to 14 million euros. Yesterday and today we recovered small amounts. I think the ministry is showing it is a productive ministry which fights against corruption and all kinds of effort to waste government money,” he said.