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Tzanakopoulos: Greek government remains committed to Prespa Agreement

Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos in an interview with Greek national broadcaster ERT on Thursday said that Prespa Agreement is not only alive, but is also the government’s main political goal. He said that the political message of government session on Tuesday is that the Greek government is committed to Prespa Agreement.

Athens, 18 October 2018 (MIA) – Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos in an interview with Greek national broadcaster ERT on Thursday said that Prespa Agreement is not only alive, but is also the government’s main political goal. He said that the political message of government session on Tuesday is that the Greek government is committed to Prespa Agreement.

“I consider both Mr. Zaev and Mr. Tsipras are bound by the Prespa Agreement to do everything in their hands to seize this opportunity that exists at this moment, to use the window of opportunity and to finally move on the next day in the relations between the two countries, but also on the next day for stability of the Balkans,” Tzanakopoulos said.

Tzanakopoulos said that Greek PM by taking over the foreign ministry “obliges everyone for a special political direction,” MIA reports from Athens.

“The main message is that Prime Minister, who is initiator, creator, man who stood in first line how to reach Prespa Agreement and also great contribution by Nikos Kotzias, sent Wednesday clear message and direction to the Greek government. Prespa Agreement is not only alive, but it constitutes a central political aim for us. The resignation of Nikos Kotzias is politically incomprehensible to me, Tzanakopoulos said, noting that Kotzias himself should have to explain the reasons for his resignation.

In the interview with ERT he underlined that Tsipras is not blackmailed by anyone and does not blackmail anyone, there was never a dilemma for the prime minister between Kotzias and Kammenos.

Tzanakopoulos said that Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is making difficult and at the same time remarkable effort within the constitutional process to succeed in securing the necessary majority. Certainly, if he fails to achieve this, we have sent a very clear message that there is no other alternative than entry into force of Prespa Agreement. Tzanakopoulos said “the citizens of the neighbouring country should decide how they want to enter in the 21st century, what kind of Balkans we want, what kind of international relations we want, what kind of bilateral relations we want with Greece.”

Tzanakopoulos estimated that the situation will be clarified by early March and reiterated once again that there is a majority in the Greek Parliament for ratification of the Prespa Agreement. sk/14:56

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