Socialists and Democrats, Greens and United Left Nominate Tsipras and Zaev for Peace Nobel Prize

FILE - FYROM's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, left, speaks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (AP Photo, FILE)

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev have been nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize by the leader of the EU parliament Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group Udo Bullmann, of the Greens/European Free Alliance (EFA) Ska Keller and of the European United Left-Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Gabbi Zimmer, according to exclusive information the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) secured on Saturday.

In a joint statement signed by all three, it is stressed that “the Prespes Agreement between Greece and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia puts an end to a log-lasting dispute and brings stability to the western Balkan region.”

The three leaders noted that the Prespes Agreement, which has been ratified by the parliaments of both countries, is “a model for peacefully resolving international problems through dialogue and mutual compromise. Prime Ministers Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras had the political courage to go ahead with the agreement despite the nationalist opposition.”

In their joint statement, Keller, Bullmann and Zimmer said that “for all these reasons, we support Nobel Prize winner’s Wided Bouchamaoui nomination of Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev for the 2019 Peace Nobel Prize.”

Presenting her nomination in Skopje on December 18, 2018, Bouchamaoui had referred to the Prespes Agreement as a model for problem resolution in the future, and that its ratification would “send a strong message that dialogue is possible”.

European Parliament Vice President Dimitris Papadimoulis and SYRIZA MEP Stelios Kouloglou played an important role in the initiative, while, according to ANA information, more top European politicians are expected to sign the joint statement for the Tsipras-Zaev Peace Nobel Prize nomination.

In a statement to ANA, leader of European parliament GUE/NGL group Gabbi Zimmer said: “I would like to congratulate Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev for their commitment and strong political volition to sign and complete the ratification of the Prespes Agreement, which resolves one of the longest standing and most sensitive issues in the area,” and added that the agreements marks a clear victory against nationalist and populist forces in both countries.

The Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, from its side, hailed the ratification of the Prespes Agreement by the Greek parliament on Friday, calling it a “historic agreement.”

“Now we will finally be able to say: Welcome to the Republic of North Macedonia,” said head of the Group Udo Bullmann in a written message, adding that the ratification proves that progressive political powers are able to resolve long-standing disagreements and to make difficult compromises that nationalists or conservatives failed to achieve for nearly three decades.

Bullmann also congratulated the prime ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev for “a historic agreement that will now be implemented” and added he was fully aware of the tensions preceding the vote on Friday.

“Yes, it was a difficult compromise,” the MEP said, and added that the two countries’ leaders proved that “the future of their countries and good neighbourhood relations are more important than short-term gains in opinion polls.” He also called on EU member-states to prove that those who achieve difficult compromises are rewarded and urged the EU to invite FYROM to “begin accession talks with the European Union in June 2019.”

4 Comments

  1. A disgusting deal? Yes, but with Greece badgered on many sides, we may come to see that this concession had to be done.

    And I guess it won’t hurt to salvage a Nobel Peace Prize out of the matter.

    1. That right …the New Global order of Fascist ..stripping the independent countries of the world of their cultures and identity …..and subvert their people national interests for the Greater Good of a bunch of Anglo White Supremacist billionaires ..like George Soros…to turn the countries of the world …into one blob of servants …to the equivalent of an International committee of Communist billionaires ..who must erase the cultures of the world ….to impose the new order of culture and power…which eliminates the will of the people …to decide how to run their homes!

      How disgracefully…John …to accept blood money and awards …in the form of a Nobel Peace Prize…to a compliant Atheist and Communist member of the new International league of degenerates…who have murdered millions in the Middle East to erase their countries cultures …for the greater good!

      John…you should look yourself in the mirror…and ask!…How can I public-ally call a deal “disgusting”….and then endorse a …a reward ..which represents to Tsipras ….the payed in full price …for treason to the people of Greece….but will establish the fraudulent legacy of Tsipras and Zarev.in the Global International world of degenerate Billionaires and their fascist…..as a men of honor!

      Just think , John,,,, FYROM …an artificially created state from the destruction and dismembership of Yugoslavia by the United States.and Nato ..illegally…for just 20 years , can conquer Greece!

  2. Hey John and your Greek American Aristocratic Elitist ….it is time …that you and your Greek American..made in America …secret society of Masons…for the Glory of America …remove yourselves from our Greek Orthodox Churches…..and use our church boards and facilities to recruit, fund, and promote the principles, of a bunch of Anglo white supremacist racist in our government…who have supported Mr. Tsipras and his communist hoods…to destroy the foundation of Hellenistic culture and antiquities!

    You have supported the break up of the Orthodox Church and its century old relationship in the Ukraine, and have supported the bombing of Orthodox Christians in Syria… and ignored the pleas of the Greek Orthodox, and other Orthodox denominations in Syria…to stop the U.S funding, arming and recruiting of Sunni Muslim religious fanatics in Syria …who murdered Orthodox clergy, and faithful and burned their churches and homes!

    You have promoted and endorsed the government of the UAE …state sponsors of terrorism…all allies of America!

    How disgusting …to read your latest and naked support of a communist and atheist organization like the EU and Nato…blatantly reward …a traitor to his country ….because, like a good German SS officer occupying Greece ..has done his duty to the new Reich in Belgium and Washington!
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    Only white supremacist billionaires in the EU and Nato can honor Tsipras and themselves, while the people of Greece…dishonor them! …

    1. I did say that the deal was disgusting; I guess that earns no credit with you.

      I did not support the action of the Patriarch concerning Ukraine, I did not support any bombing of Christians in Syria, I do not care for the EU, and I tolerate NATO membership for Greece because the alternatives would be worse. I have never ventured a comment on the UAE, but now I say that perhaps they are no good, if that helps you any. Lots of bad actors are in the world. And I am hardly an aristocrat or a communist.

      And you, despite any denials you might make now, you want war! And you want it fast. War of Greece and Cyprus against the US, Skopje, and Turkey. Suicide! And do not count on Russia for help in such a mess.

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