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Greece: Mitsotakis rejects Tsipras’ invitation to TV debate on Prespa accord

Greece’s main opposition New Democracy party on Thursday turned down Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ invitation to a televised debate with New Democracy leaders Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

If the opposition leader agreed to a TV duel with the prime minister, the two were to debate the Prespa agreement Greece and Macedonia had signed to end perennial row over the latter’s name.

The announcement, released by the New Democracy press officer, says “international agreements are debated and ratified in Parliament, with participation of all parties and all MPs, who must assume a historic responsibility, particularly for an agreement as important as the one resolving the dispute with FYROM”.

The opposition party calls on Tsipras to explain to parliament why he intended to ratify the “damaging Prespes Agreement” and “hand over the so-called Macedonian ethnicity and language, a concession no Greek government has ever dared to consider”.

“If the prime minister was in a hurry for debate, he should call early elections and let the people have the final say.