ND must not fill role of ‘useful idiot’ on FYROM talks, vice president says

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New Democracy wants to see the government’s official position on the name dispute with Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) before taking a stand on the issue, the vice president of Greece’s conservative opposition party, Adonis Georgiadis, has said.

“New Democracy must not fill the role of the useful idiot by getting involved [in the dispute]. This is an issue for [Prime Minister Alexis] Tsipras,” Georgiadis told Skai radio.

“After government [officials] have managed to come up with a common position and after they submit it to Parliament as a majority, then we shall too take a stand,” he said.

The issue will come up at the next NATO meeting in July, Georgiadis said, adding: “Tsipras will then have to see how he will get away.”

The ND vice president also attacked Panos Kammenos, the leader of the government’s junior coalition partner, the right-wing Independent Greeks (ANEL), denouncing his purported reservations over the name as a piece of political grandstanding.

“Mr Kammenos would go as far as to back the name ‘Republic of Macedonia’ in order to stay in power,” Georgiadis said.