President Sakellaropoulou: There’s still issues in Skopje’s implementation of the Prespa Agreement

Stevo Pendarovski Katerina Sakellaropoulou October 5, 2021

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Tuesday received her North Macedonian counterpart Stevo Pendarovski at the Presidential Mansion and underlined the special importance and symbolism of his first official visit to Greece.

Sakellaropoulou reaffirmed the importance of strengthening bilateral relations, as well as to North Macedonia’s European perspective.

“The full, consistent and with good faith implementation of the Prespa Agreement is crucial for the implementation of both goals,” she said.

“We recognise that positive steps have been made by North Macedonia, however, there are many issues still pending. The resolution of these pending matters will allow the total strengthening of our cooperation,” concluded  Sakellaropoulou.

On his part, President Pendarovski referred to a historic meeting as it is the first official meeting of the two countries after 30 years.

Referring to the Prespes Agreement, he quoted the legal term “Pacta sunt servanda” noting that the “agreements should be respected” and agreed with Sakellaropoulou that many steps have taken for the implementation of the Prespes Agreement, maybe the most difficult ones.”

He reassured that his country is ready to address the pending issues adding that his country is ready to fully implement the Prespes Agreement.

Finally, he said that he believes that Greece will continue to support North Macedonia’s EU perspective as the Prespes Agreement is not only an agreement for the name but also an agreement of strategic cooperation, Pendarovski underlined.

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