Prokopios Pavlopoulos, the President of Greece, visited the European Union Commission’s Headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday afternoon and spoke with the Greek employees of the Commission. He remarked to them that Greece is not willing to accept “any arbitrary interpretations” of the Prespa Agreement between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).
During his speech, Pavlopoulos said that Greece pursues friendship and good neighborly relations with FYROM and that it favors the country’s European prospects and accession to international organizations such as NATO.
However, he added, until the Prespa Agreement has been ratified by the Greek parliament nothing is final yet.
Pavlopoulos also mentioned relations between Greece and Turkey, noting that Greece pursues friendship and good neighborly relations and favors the European perspective of Turkey as well.
At the same time, he noted, this presupposes that Turkey fully respects the European acquis and international law in general, including the Treaty of Lausanne and the Treaty of Paris (1947), which leave no legal gray areas. Furthermore, he explained, challenging these treaties entails challenging the borders of the E.U. as a whole.
Finally, Pavlopoulos said that Greece is now steadily coming out of the period of crisis and faces the future with more optimism. “We are ready to defend not only our European prospect but also our European family,” Pavlopoulos concluded.
The President was welcomed by the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos.
You can watch the full speech of the Greek President in Greek, here:
With information from A.M.N.A.