PM Tsipras: Resolving name issue in the interest of FYROM’s European future

Greece “is in no hurry” to resolve the issue, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in Brussels on Friday following an informal EU summit meeting, adding that was “a Greek initiative to resolve an issue that burdens Greece’s foreign policy, especially when the country has to deal with real threats.”

A viable solution must be found that is based on solid foundations, the premier said, and this is the reason he initiated contact with FYROM prime minister Zoran Zaev at the World Economic Forum in Davos recently, to initiate that dialogue.

Resolving the name issue is a lot more urgent for FYROM and its European future, Tsipras noted. “For us it would be a positive development, but for FYROM (becoming an EU member) would be of vital importance,” and its European prospects “do not go through Ankara, they go through Athens; our neighbours must understand that,” he stressed.

When a solution to the name issue nears, he said to a question by the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), the government will decided how to brief Greek political leaders and “allow the expression of views in all institutionally provided ways, which, at the end of the day, will be set on record in Parliament.”