Athens.- (GreekNewsOnline, ANA-MPA)
The warnings made by Matthew Nimetz, the UN Secretary General’s personal envoy for the FYROM name dispute, regarding the possible repercussions of a failure to implement the Prespes Agreement, show that ideas of renegotiating the deal, such as those recently put forward by main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, are little more than a “fairytale”, the prime minister’s office said in an announcement on Wednesday.
“We call on [ND leader Kyriakos] Mitsotakis to read the statement of the UN envoy on FYROM name issue, Matthew Nimetz, which essentially puts an end to Mr. Mitsotakis’ fairytale about a supposed renegotiation, since he underlines that a new agreement would take years and sounded the alarm bell, warning that the erga omnes – something that a Greek government achieved for the first time through the Prespes Agreement – will also be on the negotiation table, ” Maximos mansion announcement said.
The Prespes Agreement was achieved due to the political courage of Greek Prime Minister Alexi Tsipras, his counterpart Zoran Zaev and the negotiating skills of former Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, Alternate Finance Minister George Katrougalos said on Wednesday, addressing the Greek parliament.
“It is an agreement that strengthens the role of our country and brings peace and security in the region,” he added, and went on to accuse main opposition party New Democracy of hypocrisy, on the grounds that many of its cadres who had expressed themselves in favour of a mixed name solution now appear to have changed their position.
Katrougalos then noted that the national goals Greece had set in 2017 have been more than met and underscored that the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) will be obliged to immediately to replace the term “Macedonia” by “North Macedonia” in all its official dealings both within FYROM and abroad.
“Both of Greece’s longstanding national demands, i.e., that neither the name [Macedonia] nor the area should be monopolised, are thus guaranteed fully,” Katrougalos said, adding that the agreement settles the name issue once and for all, without a “shadow of a doubt” remaining over the existence of a “Macedonian” minority.
“The agreement guarantees the inviolability of borders, eliminates irredentist claims and forbids our neighbour country from interfering in our internal affairs,” he continued, and stressed that Greece is now in a position to support the beginning of FYROM’s EU and NATO accession negotiations, which according to Katrougalos is an added weapon, since “in case our neighbour country converges from what was agreed, we can insist on a strict application”.
The Prespes Agreement violates Greece’s national lines on the FYROM name dispute, main opposition New Democracy President Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a tweet posted on Wednesday, with a link to a video of his speech on the Agreement at ND’s latest conference.
“The national lines of the country have been violated. Instead of getting an erga omnes compound name, we are giving an erga omnes Macedonian identity and language. It is time for MPs to face up to their responsibilities and decide: will they say ‘yes’ where six prime ministers said ‘no’,” Mitsotakis wrote.
The video ends with a message to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, noting that he will be accountable “not only to the Macedonians [residents of the northern Greek region] but to the entire Greek people and the judgement of history.”