Casual-mannered Comment by Greece’s Former FM Kotzias Draws Criticism from Opposition



Following the casual-mannered announcement by Greece’s former Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Saturday that Greece is ready to extend its territorial waters in the Ionian Sea to 12 nautical miles, the country’s main opposition party sounded off against the government in a series of criticizing comments.

Kotzias candidly made the important announcement as he welcomed Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as his successor, causing the opposition’s criticism of the government.

“A very important announcement on the country’s foreign policy, such as the selective extension of its territorial waters, is done casually and in a fragmentary manner, on the occasion of the handover ceremony at the foreign ministry,” shadow Foreign Minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos said in a press release.

He reiterated the inappropriateness of the manner in which the statement was made, saying, “Once again, the [government’s] lack of seriousness and sense of responsibility is confirmed.”

Koumoutsakos continued to voice disapproval of the ruling government, as he said of Kotzias tenure, that the stain of the “harmful” Prespa agreement is what he will be remembered for, which led to the “concession of the ‘Macedonian’ ethnicity and language” to FYROM.