Speaking from the Dalipi military camp in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, ANEL leader Panos Kammenos said his party will not consent to a name that includes the term “Macedonia.”
Kammenos, who is also defense minister, said that during a meeting of Greek political party leaders under then president Constantine Karamanlis in 1992, it had been agreed that the use of the word “Macedonia” was a nonstarter for Greece. Deciding otherwise would require a fresh meeting under the current president, he added.
However, in 2007, in what was seen as a big compromise, Greece announced it would consent to use of the word “Macedonia” in a composite name.
Opposition from ANEL would mean that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s SYRIZA would have to rely on other parties in the case of a parliamentary vote on the issue.