Athens, Dec 19: Prime Ministers of Greece & Macedonia #AlexisTsipras & #ZoranZaev nominated for 2019 #NobelPeacePrize.
The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Tunisian economist Wided Bouchamaoui, has announced that she will nominate the two prime ministers of Greece and FYROM, Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev, to receive the honor in 2019.
Bouchamaoui’s initiative to honor the two prime ministers for signing a landmark agreement between their countries will be presented at a private university in FYROM’s capital of Skopje
Commenting on the news, Kouloglou stated that “The proposal for the nomination of Alexis Tsipras for the Nobel Peace Prize is a great honor for Greece.”
“I see the Prespa agreement, in which both parties and the mediators have put so much energy, as an exceptionally significant process which deserves to be nominated for the Nobel Peace prize”, Bushamaui, told the media in Greece on Monday, adding that the agreement can serve as a model for problem-solving across the world.
The agreement was signed on the shores of Lake Prespa, which spans both countries, despite bitter opposition from right-wingers in both countries.
The agreement, which is yet to be implemented in Macedonia, and must then be ratified in Greece, would end a decades-long dispute centered over the use of the term “Macedonia”.
Under the deal, Macedonia will change its name into Republic of North Macedonia in order to satisfy the concerns of neighbouring Greece, which has a province of the same name and whose historians have long claimed Macedonia as an exclusive part of Hellenic heritage.
On 12 June 2018 an agreement was reached between Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and his Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev where the Republic of Macedonia could be renamed the "Republic of North Macedonia". A referendum was held in the Republic of Macedonia on 30 September 2018, with voters overwhelmingly affirming support for EU and NATO membership by accepting the agreement, albeit with 37% voter turnout.
The agreement will open Macedonia’s doors to NATO and EU membership. Greece has thus far used its influence to veto its neighbour’s accession.