The Prespes Agreement will head for ratification next week through the contract procedure in the Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs in the Greek Parliament, followed by a discussion and voting in plenary. “We will not follow Fast Track procedures”, the government stresses.
This is the second big bet of the Tsipras Government, since the first obstacle, the vote of confidence after the withdrawal of Independent Greeks from the government, was successfully overcome. The goal of Athens is to ratify the Agreement by at least 151 MPs, with all eyes turned to the processes of The River, KINAL, as well as the position of individual MPs. “In such major national issues, what is supposed to prevail is the patriotic interest and the certainty that everyone will be judged by the people and history”, the government says in statement. Moreover, the political scene in Athens seems like a chessboard for strong nerves lately.
The government is releasing the Prespes Agreement to the public
After the verbal note sent by Skopje to Athens yesterday to inform on the completion of the internal procedures of Macedonia, as Alexis Tsipras announced in the House, the government aims to provide full information to citizens and parties, as well as have exhaustive dialogue on the matter. As the Greek Prime Minister’s press office officially announced on Sunday, the entire text of the agreement will be distributed to the press so that all citizens have full knowledge and a clear picture of its content.
New Democracy rejects the discussion for the Prespes Agreement
In Maximos Mansion they argue that the clarifications regarding the term “Nationality”, as well as the language that is classified to the “Southern Slavic” languages, contradict New Democracy’s argument. In this context Tsipras invited Mitsotakis to a television debate on the issue early next week. The main opposition party replied negatively, calling on the Greek Prime Minister to call for elections so that citizens can draw their conclusions from the pre-election debates./IBNA