Greek Prime Minister stands firm on North Macedonia name deal

22 Maj 2024, 09:40Kosovo & Region TEMA

Greek Prime Minister stands firm on North Macedonia name deal

May 22, 2024 — Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis delivered a stern message to North Macedonia, reaffirming that the Greek government would not seek ratification of the three cooperation memorandums signed with its northern neighbor until Skopje fully complies with the Prespa Agreement. The agreement, signed in 2018, aims to resolve the long-standing dispute over North Macedonia’s name and pave the way for its European Union accession process.

In an interview with OPEN TV, Mitsotakis emphasized that ratifying the memorandums at this point would grant Skopje undue leverage. He pointed out that North Macedonia’s election period had concluded, and it was time for the country to honor its commitments. “Skopje is isolated, not Greece,” Mitsotakis said, urging North Macedonia’s leadership to act responsibly and refrain from political maneuvering.

The Prespa Agreement, which North Macedonia’s newly elected president, Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova, has yet to fully embrace, stipulates that the country should use its constitutional name as agreed upon. However, recent actions by Siljanovska-Davkova have sparked a diplomatic dispute with Greece, raising tensions in the region.

Greece remains resolute in its position, emphasizing that foreign policy should not be conducted through grandstanding. Mitsotakis reiterated that adherence to the Prespa Agreement was non-negotiable, signaling that the ball is now in North Macedonia’s court.

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