One Prespa signatory says goodbye, Greece’s FM Kotzias quits post


Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted the resignation of Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Wednesday and will himself take over the foreign affairs portfolio, Tsipras’s office said.

Earlier, Greek media reported that Kotzias had clashed with Defence Minister Panos Kammenos over a deal that aims to end a decades-old name dispute with neighboring Macedonia.

Kotzias was Athens’ main negotiator in the talks that led to the June accord with Skopje to rename Macedonia. Its fate is now quite uncertain because a referendum in Macedonia on the deal failed spectacularly to reach a minimum turnout threshold to make it constitutionally valid.

Greek media reported on Wednesday that Kotzias and Kammenos had argued during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
Greece’s parliament is also meant to ratify the name deal, however this too is up in the air.

As a result, Kotzias has paid the price. And if Greece’s Ministers are simply quitting their posts, it won’t be that simple across the border in Macedonia. The Macedonian public wants their “signatories” in prison.

  • vistina

    Same thing happened last year 2017. Kotsias destroyed the UN Cyprus talks on the first day with his attitude. Insulted the Cypriots, Turks and others. The UN chief doesn’t want to be in the same room as him. Merkel had to get on the phone to Tsipras to report the problem. Tsipras had to take over Kotsias’s role.

    No one wants to deal with Kotsias except the fools Zaevulaf, Dumbmitrov and Sugarinska. Now their Prespa Agreement is finished. Failed referendum and no support in Macedonia and Greece from the public or parliament.

    Kammenos argued with Kotsias and Tsipras did not defend Kotsias. Kammenos said that Kotsias mismanaged “secret funds” and “working with Soros”