Sources: Kotzias presented Athens’ position on FYROM name issue to cabinet

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias presented Athens’ position on the FYROM name issue during the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that was held on Monday, sources said.

According to the sources, the minister said that Athens is going to the negotiations with FYROM on the name issue with the same position presented in 2007-2008, which calls for a compound name with a geographical qualifier for use in relations to everyone (erga omnes).

The sources also quoted Kotzias as saying that the present government “had inherited problems” from the past, due to a foreign policy approach that favoured “not taking initiatives and expecting to win everything at some point.” The foreign minister criticised this approach as “lacking seriousness,” the same sources said, while noting that the government had the courage to proceed responsibly to a resolution of problems.