Greece taking initiatives for cooperation in the Balkans

4 December 2018 | 18:27 | FOCUS News Agency

ANA-MPA: PM Tsipras: Greece taking initiatives for cooperation in the Balkans

Sofia. “The Balkans have given birth to wars in the past and our vision must be for the Balkans to stop being Europe’s powder keg but become the region that breathes new momentum in the name of unity of the European people,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said after his meeting on Tuesday with visiting Slovenian President Borut Pahor at the Maximos mansion, ANA-MPA reports.
Tsipras noted that in recent years, Greece has faced major financial difficulties but finally succeeded in exiting the crisis due to the persistence and sacrifices of the Greek people, their insistence on sticking to a European course and the sacrifices that, as was recently becoming apparent, are bearing fruit.
The Greek prime minister underlined that Greece is regaining the initiative in the Balkans through important actions for cooperation with the neighbouring countries and the important agreement signed with FYROM in 2018. He also expressed satisfaction that FYROM is moving fast with the procedures for revising the country’s constitution, in accordance with the terms of the Prespes Agreement, and to change its constitutional name.
“This means that you (Slovenia), which is one of the country that recognises our neigbours with their current constitutional name, will from now on recognise it and call it “North Macedonia” because this is very important for the Greek people, as Macedonia – in addition to being a large geographical region of Greece – is also a very important part of ancient Greek history and this is fully recognised in this agreement, something that gives us a sense that we have a balanced agreeement for both sides”.

Slovenian President Borut Pahor expressed his “sincere admiration” for Greece’s success in exiting the crisis in his meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Referring to the Prespes Agreement, he congratulated Tsipras on signing the agreement with FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

“But I would also like to congratulate you on your personal courage…I know that it was very difficult to make such a decision,” he said.

He stressed that “what has been agreed must be assessed and also be implemented”. He also said that the process is not over and that there are still a lot of things to be done.

Pahor also congratulated Tsipras on behalf of the Slovenian parliament on what has been achieved.

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