Greece is not prepared, ahead of the completion of the Prespes Agreement and prior to its ratification, to accept any arbitrary interpretations of the agreement on FYROM’s part since “nothing is over yet,” Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos said on Tuesday during his meeting with the President of Slovenia, Borut Pahor.
Pavlopoulos made it clear to the leadership of FYROM that Greece “will not make any discounts on such issues.” He also made it clear that “when the time for ratification comes, we will not in any way accept arbitrary – and especially not irredentist – interpretations of the Prespes Agreement on FYROM’s part.”
The president said that Greece has proven in practice its support for FYROM’s accession to the European Union and NATO but stressed that this first requires a solution to the name issue and underlined that the changes agreed upon must be incorporated into the laws and particularly the constitution of the neighboring country.
He stressed that “it is only when this entire process has been finally concluded and after the Constitutional Revision has been found to include all the guarantees earlier referred to that an invitation for NATO membership will be possible and any talks for FYROM’s EU accession can begin.”
“The content of the Agreement between Greece and FYROM can then be finalised and come to parliament for ratification,” he said.
President of Slovenia Borut Pahor had a meeting with Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos on Tuesday as part of his two-day visit to Athens.
The Slovenian President thanked his Greek counterpart, Prokopios Pavlopoulos, for his warm reception and hospitality, and stressed the importance of strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
He referred to Greece’s exit from the crisis, which he described as a “success story,” and congratulated Pavlopoulos and the Greek people on this great success. He also argued that his country was confident of Greece’s success and believed in its exit from the crisis. As he said, the policies of both countries share the same characteristics on a bilateral and European level.
Pahor especially noted the two countries’ shared vision for the future of Europe, for a united and more federal Europe. “Because I deeply believe that this will be the future of Europe. A united, stronger, more federal Europe that will have room for cultural differences and diversity. I am not talking about a ‘melting pot’. Europe can be successful.
Europe can have a ‘planetary’ role. Of course, it will allow its members to grow and keep their national identity, but they will be strong and have a global presence,” he added.