Main opposition New Democracy on Thursday turned down Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras‘ invitation to ND President Kyriakos Mitsotakis for a televised debate on the Prespes Agreement. In an announcement issued by ND’s press office, the party said that international agreements are debated and ratified in Parliament, with the participation of all parties and all Greek MPs, “who must assume their historic responsibility,” especially for an agreement as important as that settling the dispute with FYROM.
“This is nothing more than fine print for Mr. Tsipras, who from the first made the national issue a ‘tool’ for petty political reasons and reviled the great majority of Greeks who disagree with him, branding them as far right. This divisive view is confirmed by his arrogance-filled announcement today,” the announcement added.
The party called on Tsipras to explain to parliament why he intended to ratify the “damaging Prespes Agreement” and “hand over …the so-called Macedonian ethnicity and language, which no previous Greek government had conceived of doing.” If the prime minister was in a hurry to hold a debate, it added, he should call elections and let the citizens decide, in the party leader debates leading up to these.