President Prokopios Pavlopoulos received earlier on Wednesday Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the leader of the main opposition New Democracy party, and was briefed about his positions on the FYROM name issue following Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ recent anouncements of an agreement.
Mitsotakis spoke of “a particularly critical time”, adding that the agreement is in contrast to what the majority of Greeks want because it is signing over the Macedonian language and ethnicity. Moreover, he said, Tsipras is not entitled to sign this agreement “since his government coalition partner has clearly opposed it.”
Mitsotakis said: “We are in a situation that is unprecedented for Greek constitutional history. A prime minister, who does not have a clear parliamentary mandate, intends to bind the country and create a reality that cannot be changed afterwards.”
ND leader called Pavlopoulos to intervene so that the agreement can come as soon as possible to parliament, before it is signed by the government.
On his part, Pavlopoulos underlined that the constitution clearly defines the responsibilities of the president abd the responsibilities of the parliament. “You may be sure that with full respect for the constitution, I will do what is appropriate to my position, but in full compliance with the constitution,” he said.