Greek opposition parties demand Macedonia’s Constitution to be submitted for consideration

Greece’s Committee for National Defense and Foreign Affairs members’ debate on the Prespa Agreement in Greek Parliament resumed Tuesday with right-wing politicians asking that the Macedonian Constitution be submitted for consideration in full.

New Democracy’s foreign policy official Giorgos Koumoutsakos asked to see the Macedonian Constitution in its entirety as well as the letter by former Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias stating the reasons for his resignation.

Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Giorgos Katrougalos responded by explaining that “in the neighboring country, amendments are not entered into the Constitution, but added, instead, at the end of the text.”

Katrougalos then pointed out that the Verbal Note submitted to Greece’s Parliament lists all amendments.

Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris also requested the full Constitution, adding that for his party the process was illegal as there was no signature by President Gjorge Ivanov.

Syriza MP Ioannis Amanatidis described the Agreement as balanced and beneficial for the nation, urging Parliament to ratify it.

Vassilis Kikilias from New Democracy, on the other hand, said the deal was harmful to Greece as it was “renouncing sovereign rights.”

The debate on the Prespa Agreement in Greece’s Parliament ends in a vote on its ratification Thursday.

According to Parliament Speaker Nikos Voutsis, Wednesday’s session will provide MPs with ample time to voice their opinions on the document.