Greek foreign minister resigns over Macedonia name deal dispute

Greek media reported that it’s the biggest crisis the coalition government has ever experienced up-to-date

Kammenos is from a right-wing junior coalition partner emphatically opposed to the accord with Skopje.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted the resignation of his foreign minister on Wednesday, Greece's first major political casualty in a drive to end a decades-old name dispute with Macedonia.

"(I will) not put up with any double talk from anybody or with any personal strategies", Tsipras said.

Tsipras also sought to reassure FYROM, which is in the process of debating the agreement in its Parliament, that he fully supports the agreement that will upgrade Greece's worldwide standing, as he said.

At the cabinet meeting, Kammenos accused Kotzias of mismanaging secret foreign ministry funds and being a pawn of United States billionaire financier George Soros.

However, this disagreement risk to bring down the coalition government of Alexis Tsipras, who has only a slight majority. "Anyone who does not want to reach this destination or who finds it hard on the way can descend", Greek government spokesperson Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said earlier in the morning. He does not crawl at the political developments.

"Whoever doesn't want to reach the destination, or feels discontent during the journey, can get off the train", he added.

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The Greek foreign minister on Wednesday resigned after a disagreement over the Macedonia name change deal, the prime ministry said.

"I will allow no one to derail the country's progress", Tsipras said referring to the fact that Greece exited the painful bailout programme in August.

"There comes a time, as the poem says, where you have to decide whom you will join and whom it is you'll leave", Kotzias tweeted after his resignation. 17 the resignation of Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, according to an e-mailed press statement issued from the Premier's office.

"The Prime minister and a series of ministers made their choice at Tuesday's cabinet meeting, and then I made mine, but it's good to remember another line from a poem, 'As deeply as they tried to bury me, they have forgotten I'm a seed", he wrote, quoting Greek poet Dinos Christianopoulos, Greek national news agency AMNA reported.

"There are few joys in this profession, but the most treasured ones derive from genuine cooperation and a spirit of collegiality".

Greece and Albania had been discussing issues such as the demarcation of the exclusive economic zones (EEZ) of both countries and the rights of ethnic Greeks in Albania.

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