Prime Ministers Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras have been nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts on the Prespa Agreement, resolving the name dispute which has lasted for two-decades.
In Skopje today, Zaev and Tsipras’s nomination was announced by Uided Bushamaui , the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize winner at a ceremony held at FON University.
Bushamaui says the Prespa Agreement proves that two countries can sit down together, negotiate and reach an agreement.
“The nomination is not just personal for Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras, but it is for all citizens. This is a model for dialogue and prosperity. I strongly believe that Macedonia or should I say Northern Macedonia and Greece will receive the Nobel Peace Prize and will prove to the world that everything can be achieved with an agreement. Once ratified, the treaty will send a strong message that dialogue is possible,” said Bushamaui.
MEP Stelios Kouloglou from the Greek Syriza party attended the ceremony, and also supports the two prime ministers nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Koulogou said that if there had been a Nobel Prize for war, the Balkans would have been awarded several times, and that the Prespa Agreement is the only good and positive thing that is currently coming out of Europe, which is currently divided and faces numerous problems.
“The Prespa Agreement is an agreement that solves a long-standing problem, not only regarding the name, but it also provides a definite solution to the Macedonian question. Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras needed courage and had to put national interests above party interests in order to reach this agreement. We owe this agreement to previous generations, as well as our children and future generations who must live in peace and prosperity,” said Koulogou.
He pointed out that the agreement had many opponents on both sides, but it is illogical that their opponents accuse the two prime ministers of selling out national interests.
After the ceremony in Skopje, Bushamaiu and Kouloglou are heading to Athens on December 19th, where they will meet with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to officially announce the nomination.