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Theodorakis: Name agreement has weaknesses, but beneficial

Theodorakis: Name agreement has weaknesses, but beneficial

Athens, 19 June 2018 (MIA) - The name agreement has its weaknesses but is beneficial in preventing the march of Turkey and showing neighbors the way towards Europe, says Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis in an interview with web-portal Iefimerida, MIA reports from Athens.

"I said from the very beginning that the agreement has its weaknesses, but it is also beneficial, because we have to close small fronts and deal with the front on the east. The Turks are modernizing the airports in Skopje and Ohrid and this is a business deal. But they also have a military purpose, which is setting a military airbase on the north of Greece. Will we allow this? They are continually funding mosques and clinics in remote areas. Will we allow this? The only way to prevent Turkey's march in the Western Balkans is to help our neighbors move towards Europe," says Theodorakis.

According to him, Greece would have gotten a better deal if the government had listened to his proposal over the establishment of a National Security Council.

"The parties would have taken a stance on the priority of erga omnes use over the nationality issue. One cannot get everything during negotiations. I believe we should have insisted on 'citizens of North Macedonia'. This is, according to me, the main weak point in the agreement," explains Theodorakis. ik/17:04

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