Potami: The Church should stick to its role and leave foreign policy to the government

Potami criticized on Wednesday the Standing Holy Synod of the Church of Greece for its stance on the long-running name dispute with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYROM), saying that the Church should stick to its role and leave foreign policy to the government.

The Standing Holy Synod said it “will not accept” the use of the name “Macedonia” as part of a solution to the name issue.

“Although today’s decision of the Standing Holy Synod does not reminiscent of the incendiary sermons of the past and despite the fact that the Archbishop does not approve calls for rallies, we have to state […] that foreign policy is the responsibility of the government,” the party said.

“The country has paid dearly for the populism and unrealistic positions of the past on the name of fYROM. The Holy Synod’s comment on such a crucial foreign policy issue, which opposes the national line for a compound erga omnes, and oversteps its role, makes it difficult to resolve a problem that is perpetuated, at the expense of the interests of the country,” it added, noting that the Church has its own role to play.