Greece: FM Kotzias resigns amid tensions over Macedonia accord

Athens, Greece -Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has resigned a day after he clashed publicly with the country’s defence minister.

Kotzias, who served two terms as the foreign minister since first being appointed in January 2015, submitted his resignation on Wednesday and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted it shortly after.

During a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Kotzias and Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, leader of the right-wing junior coalition partner, the Independent Greeks (ANEL), clashed over several issues.

At that meeting, Kammenos lashed out at Kotzias over the Macedonia name accord signed on Lake Prespa in June, sources told the Greek daily Kathimerini.

The sources also said that the defence minister accused Kotzias of mismanaging funds and being affiliated with Hungarian American billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, the daily reported.

Kotzias’s resignation comes amid growing instability in Greece’s governing coalition, much of it stemming from the historic name agreement signed on June 17.

 

Agencies