Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, N. Kotzias

With his statements, Mr. K. Mitsotakis confirms the reasons behind his refusal to be briefed in person by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in contrast to what was customary practice for previous heads of the Opposition.

He refuses to treat issues of foreign policy with due seriousness; he insists to perceive it as an area for public relations.

Mr. Mitsotakis does not grasp, is not knowledgeable and is not in a position to tackle issues of foreign policy. It appears he has not been told that the “macedonian language” was first recognized by the ministers of ERE in the 50’s and then officially delivered by New Democracy in 1977.

Mr. Mitsotakis insists with his known irresponsibility to talk about the “Cham Issue”, which the Greek government today rejects as an issue of negotiations.

Finally, Mr. Mitsotakis ‘remembered’ the extortion that took place at the meeting of the National Council on Foreign Policy, in the form of “you either do as I say, or else…”.An extortionary tactic that was rejected by every other party when I put forward New Democracy’s “proposal”. He should therefore note the following: New Democracy’s premeditated extortion was rejected by the National Council on Foreign Policy.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic