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Greek MFA: North Macedonia’s EU path and relations with Greece depend on implementation of Prespa Agreement, use of constitutional name 

Greek MFA: North Macedonia’s EU path and relations with Greece depend on implementation of Prespa Agreement, use of constitutional name 

Athens, 12 May 2024 (MIA) - The bilateral relations with the neighboring country and its European path depend on the full implementation of the Prespa Agreement and on the use of the country’s constitutional name, the Greek Foreign Ministry said in a reaction to Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova's inauguration and the use of the term “Macedonia”, noting that this move violates both the Agreement and the Constitution, MIA’s Athens correspondent reports.

In its reaction the Greek Foreign Ministry noted that “during her swearing-in today in Parliament, despite the fact that the official text of the oath which was dictated to her referred to the country as ‘North Macedonia’, the new President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Mrs. Siljanovska-Davkova, chose to call her country ‘Macedonia’.”

“This act blatantly violates the Prespa Agreement, as well as the Constitution of the neighboring country, which has been harmonized with its international obligations,” the Greek Foreign Ministry said.

The Ministry stated that the Greek Government, despite the objections it had expressed as an opposition, respects the Agreement as a ratified international treaty that takes precedence over any other provision of the law.

“Greece, in this context, categorically states that further progress in its bilateral relations with North Macedonia, as well as the latter’s European course depend on the full implementation of the Prespa Agreement and above all on the use of the country’s constitutional name,” the Greek Foreign Ministry said. 

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