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Mitsotakis: Europe's path closed if North Macedonia does not comply

Their country's road to the European Union will remain closed and the Greek government will not ratify the remaining Memoranda of Understanding in Parliament, the Prime Minister stressed.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday sent a clear message to the new leadership of North Macedonia, stressing that if it does not fully comply with the provisions of the Prespa Agreement, then the country's path to the European Union will remain closed and the Greek government will not ratify the remaining Memorandums of Cooperation in the Parliament.

Addressing residents of Veria in northern Greece, he emphasised that the government will be firm in dealing with this issue:  

"I would like to be absolutely clear from here, in the heart of Macedonia. New Democracy did not vote for the Prespa Agreement and we expressed serious reservations when it was ratified in the Greek Parliament. We had said, however, with all honesty - on this I never misled you - that once this Agreement is passed, practically this Agreement cannot be changed. And we will be forced, despite its problems, to respect it and that's what we did. "But if some people think that they are able, on their part, to not respect the Agreement, they should know two things:
"Firstly, that their road to Europe will remain closed, and that, secondly, the memoranda which we must ratify will not be ratified until there is absolute compliance. Absolute compliance by the new government with what is provided for in the Agreement. Without going to extremes, without much ado, with the necessary firmness with which the Greek government approaches all these issues,"
the prime minister said.

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