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Tsipras wishes neighbor to fulfill name agreement obligations


The neighboring country should first meet its obligations arising from the agreement and then, in January or February, we will hold talks with our coalition partner in order to move the process forward, said Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in reference to the opposite stance with junior coalition partner Panos Kammenos over the name deal, MIA reports from Athens.

“Now we are waiting to see if the neighboring country will manage to fulfill the obligations arising from the Prespa agreement and I personally wish this to succeed, because it is a historic intervention that solves long-standing problems in our foreign policy. When this happens, we will hold talks with our coalition partner, sometime in January or February, to see how we can move the process forward, as stipulated in the agreement itself,” Tsipras told a press conference at the NATO Summit in Brussels on Thursday.

Regarding the invitation for Macedonia’s NATO accession, the Greek PM said it was a historic day, “because the famous Bucharest decision is finally implemented after 10 years”.

He criticized opposition parties, saying they are hypocritical and underestimate the citizens’ intelligence.

“New Democracy’s Mitsotakis and PASOK’s Gennimata have distorted the way of presenting critical national issues, because they represent their rescue vest following their failed economic estimates,” stressed Tsipras and added that the issues should be treated with responsibility and seriousness.