Greek government adamant on its national line in FYROM negotiations, says Tzanakopoulos
Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos on Tuesday stressed that Athens will not back down in the negotiations on the name of FYROM and that the Greek government “continues to defend with stability and determination the national line, which is a compound name erga omnes, something that by definition requires a revision of the neighbouring country’s Constitution.”
“We seek the best possible consensus, we listen to all views and proposals, however, the Greek government decides on its stance by itself,” he said during the daily press briefing.
While progress has been made, Tzanakopoulos added, the two sides are still far from concluding the negotiations and reaching an agreement. Consequently, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ meeting with FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev will be extremely useful and important but cannot be considered certain to result in an agreement, while bridging the distance that currently separates the two sides may well necessitate another round of talks, said Tzanakopoulos.