• Wednesday, 19 June 2024

Gerapetritis: Prespa Agreement cannot be changed unilaterally

Gerapetritis: Prespa Agreement cannot be changed unilaterally

Athens, 26 May 2024 (MIA) — Greece will honor the Prespa Agreement not only because the state has continuity but also because it has been internationally ratified and it is impossible to change it unilaterally so now both sides need to be consistent in its implementation, Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis told Greek Sky TV, MIA's Athens correspondent reports.


"First and foremost, it is an international agreement that was ratified by both Parliaments, which means it cannot be changed unilaterally by either side," Gerapetritis said. 


"Even if North Macedonia or Greece wanted to unilaterally amend the Agreement, this could not be done. Secondly, the Prespa Agreement was reached under the auspices of the UN, in the presence of a UN representative, and this gives it greater international heft," he said.

 

 

The top Greek diplomat reiterated that his party "had pointed out the problems with the Prespa Agreement" when they were in the opposition. These were potential "political, geopolitical, but also technical problems," he said.


As a government, they were "ready for all scenarios," Gerapetritis said, adding that their response to North Macedonia's new President's inauguration was an example of this readiness.


Regarding a possible meeting with his Macedonian counterpart, he said the country still had a caretaker Government, but as soon as the new government was formed in June, Athens would take the necessary steps, he noted. mr/