Prespa Agreement signatories call on North Macedonia to respect deal

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The former prime ministers of Greece and North Macedonia, Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev, have called on the leadership in North Macedonia to respect the terms of the Prespa Agreement

Tsipras and Zaev were the signatories to the landmark agreement in 2018.

In a joint opinion piece on the Euractiv website, Tsipras and Zaev called on the European Union and the international community to take a stance against recent provocative statements made by the new leadership of North Macedonia which violated “the letter and spirit of Prespa.”

North Macedonia's new President, Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova
North Macedonia’s new President, Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova, violated the Prespa Agreement earlier this year. Photo: Robert Atanasovskis/AFP via Getty Images.

They were referring to repeated violations of the Prespa Agreement by the newly elected president, Gordana Siljanovska, and prime minister of the Balkan country, Hristijan Mickoski, who insist on referring to it as “Macedonia” and not by its constitutional name of “North Macedonia.” Mickoski has not formed a government yet and is expected to do so next week.

“The EU and the international community must make it clear that respect of the agreement is the only path to further democratic integration, to European accession and pre-accession support,” they wrote.

The former leaders also warned that any violation of the deal will lead to “an existential challenge not only for North Macedonia’s European future, but for its future as a whole.”

Source: Ekathimerini.

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