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PM Tsipras: Prespes Agreement a Historic Step which Promotes Greece's International Credibility
31 01 2019The Prespes Agreement was "a truly historic step, which promotes Greece's international credibility, with international law as its main weapon, and for this reason Athens believes the agreement will assist in efforts for a fair and sustainable solution to the Cyprus issue," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday, during a meeting with the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades in Nicosia. Anastasiades congratulated Tsipras over the ratification of the Prespes Agreement before their meeting, saying that the Greek prime minister had shown courage and boldness and put an end to a 'needless' conflict that plagued Greece for thirty years and, in parallel, opened windows for cooperation, peace and stability in the region. "The name, more or less, was given in 1992," noted Anastasiades, adding that all issues related with irredentism included in FYROM's constitution were abolished. According to Anastasiades, the meeting also allowed "a stable relationship with North Macedonia, which will allow not only closer economic cooperation but also the creation of a new environment."