Greek opposition leader Alexis Tsipras taunted Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for apparently accepting the Prespa treaty which he criticized while he was in the opposition.
Mitsotakis said that he opposes the treaty Tsipras signed with Zoran Zaev, but now in office he is content simply to push for an international campaign to promote Macedonia as Greek, and has not put forward a plan to dismantle the treaty.
Tsipras jumped on this decision by the Government, and on several statements made by new ministers, to accuse Mitsotakis that he now accepts that the Prespa treaty is good for Greece.
Mr. Mitsotakis, for a year and a half you were protagonists in the protests over the Macedonian issue. You accepted the radicals who attended these protests and who often called our members traitors. Some SYRIZA members of Parliament had violent thugs at their homes and faced Molotov cocktails, and the Foreign Minister had dozens of threatening messages that included bullets. And now you think the Prespa treaty is good? This is what the new Defense Minister and the new European Affairs Minister say, Tsipars told Mistotakis.
He also accused Mitsotakis of attempting to censor a portion of a press release issued by the British Government, following Mitsotakis’ conversation with Theresa May, which indicated that Greece will continue to uphold the Prespa treaty.
Mitsotakis announced that he will work to mitigate the negative consequences of the Prespa treaty, mainly by promoting the name Macedonia internationally as Greek property, but will also keep the right to block Macedonia from opening or advancing in the EU accession talks.