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Mitsotakis: Had to respect Prespa Agreement despite disagreeing with it, same applies to North Macedonia’s new government

Mitsotakis: Had to respect Prespa Agreement despite disagreeing with it, same applies to North Macedonia’s new government

Athens, 11 March 2024 (MIA) - I hope the things that could be heard during the campaign won’t be the official position of the new Government of North Macedonia after the elections, because we will have issues if this happens, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an interview for Greece’s Alpha TV, MIA’s Athens correspondent reports.

Mitsotakis clarified that he too disagreed with the Prespa Agreement while he was in opposition but stressed that now he must respect the Agreement and the same should be done by North Macedonia’s new government.

The Greek PM noted that he is following the statements of VMRO-DPMNE's officials “with concern”, but also that he is awaiting the official position of the new Prime Minister of North Macedonia “with great interest” to see “the manner in which he will refer to the name of his country”.

“I want to be clear. I personally didn’t agree with the Prespa Agreement, especially with the terms ‘Macedonian nation’ and ‘Macedonian language’. But I accepted the Agreement within the frameworks of the country’s continuity and recognized that, despite my disagreement, I must respect it. The same applies now to the new leadership of North Macedonia. Let’s be patient. I hope the things that could be heard during the campaign won’t be the official position of the new Government of North Macedonia after the elections, because we will have issues if this happens,” Mitsotakis said.