The Greek party has demanded to cancel the agreement on the renaming of Macedonia

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Member of the Greek Parliament party «centrist Union» demands to cancel Prespan agreement on renaming the Republic of Macedonia and to judge the politicians who signed it.

«Centrist Union», said that after the referendum in Skopje «suffocating pressure» will be exerted on Greece so that she ratified the agreement.

The Greek government in June signed an agreement with the Republic of Macedonia, which solves a longstanding dispute about the name of Skopje and opens the path to NATO and the EU, but criticized in Greece and in Macedonia itself. In the former Yugoslav Republic of 30 September, a referendum on its renaming to the Republic of Northern Macedonia, in the framework of the agreement.

«With the referendum on 30 August in Skopje, which, of course, will vote «Yes», and constitutional change in Skopje, to finish which will require no more than two months, suffocating pressure and violence will come to be in Greece, so we ratified in Parliament Prespan agreement», — is spoken in the party statement in connection with the forthcoming referendum.

«Then Mr. (Prime Minister Alexis) Tsipras will realize that it tied the country and burned a veto on the entry of Skopje into NATO and the European Union. The only card that Greece had to put pressure on Skopje to change the name and respect our Macedonia,» said the party.

According to «centrist Union», Greece will face early elections, after which she is now against the agreement with Macedonia’s conservative party «New democracy» will change position and will advocate for its ratification.

«However, we in the «centrist Union» after the election, will demand to cancel Prespan agreement and to bring to justice those who put their signatures,» — said in a statement.

According to surveys in Greece, against the agreement will be more than 70% of Greeks, in Northern Greece, where is located the historical region of Macedonia, more than 80%. Greek foreign Minister claims that his polls show other data — against the agreement of 55%.

In the Greek Parliament, the agreement only supports the ruling SYRIZA party and some deputies from other parties, including the «Union of centrists».

A member of the government party «Independent Greeks» (ANEL) opposed the agreement, its leader, Minister of national defence Panos Kammenos said that if the Treaty will go for ratification to the Parliament, he is ready with the party out of the coalition and cause a political crisis.

The leader of the largest opposition party in Greece, New democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis called the shameful agreement and said that New democracy will vote against the Treaty in this and in the next Parliament, and negotiations will have to start again.

The signing of the agreement between Greece and Macedonia sought United States, NATO and the European Union. In recent weeks, Skopje was visited by many European, American and NATO policies directly required of citizens in a referendum to vote for the agreement. The Ambassador of France in Skopje Christian Timone said that at the referendum the citizens choose «between Northern Macedonia and North Korea».

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