ND accuses gov’t of ‘undermining essential foreign policy positions’

ND accuses gov’t of ‘undermining essential foreign policy positions’

Commenting on Monday on the decision by outgoing Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias to extend its western territorial waters from 6 to 12 nautical miles, Conservative New Democracy's shadow foreign affairs minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos accused the former cabinet official of "unprecedented carelessness and sloppiness."

The move, Koumoutsakos said in a statement, "separated the country in two," noting that the outgoing minister obviously had the blessing of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as he made the announcement during a ceremony handing over his portfolio to the premier.

The shadow minister said Kotzias had effectively made it easier for Turkey to support its long-standing claim according to which the Law of the Sea cannot be applied in the Aegean Sea which Ankara insists is a "special case."

Concluding, the ND official hit out at the leftist-led government for "undermining essential positions of our foreign policy."

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