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Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov: Yesterday was a historic day, we changed the future

Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov: Yesterday was a historic day, we changed the future

18 June 2018 | 13:05 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Yesterday was a historic day. It was an investment in the future. We cannot change geography and history, but we can change the future and that’s what we did, Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said at the Plenary Meeting of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC), Focus News Agency reports.
“We invested in a friendship with Greece, in a future built on understanding and mutual respect. To some extent we owe this to the support of our Bulgarian friends, the contacts and the leadership of Prime Minister Borissov and Minister Zaharieva,” said Nikola Dimitrov.
“It is not often that anyone from the Western Balkans, whether a candidate or a EU member, has the opportunity to address COSAC. I am very excited because my country is going through days and months that will remain in history,” said the foreign minister of Macedonia. “We were an island among EU member states. The migration crisis showed that the security of the region is an integral part of the common European security,” said Nikola Dimitrov.
“We experienced a political crisis, and we took it very seriously to never waste an opportunity. We need to hurry, not only for our own country’s sake but for the interests of the whole region,” he said.
“We are trying to become more attractive to Europe from an economic point of view. Three-quarters of our trade is with the EU, and three-quarters of our investments come from the EU,” said Nikola Dimitrov.

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Mihail Konstantinov, analyst: Deal on Macedonia’s name is strongly opposed both in Athens and Skopje, tough procedures lie ahead

Mihail Konstantinov, analyst: Deal on Macedonia’s name is strongly opposed both in Athens and Skopje, tough procedures lie ahead

18 June 2018 | 11:58 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The opposition against an accord on the name of Macedonia is very strong both in Athens and Skopje, difficult procedures lie ahead, political analyst Prof. Mihail Konstantinov told Focus Radio. “The issue is far from over. What happened yesterday and should be welcomed by Bulgaria was only the first step. Macedonia is still to make difficult steps. The first one is the approval of the accord in parliament, and I suppose it will happen because the ruling have majority. But then comes a referendum, and the Macedonians are divided. In fact, they are mostly against [the agreement]. As far as we understand, the Albanian community will support it. The clashes are upsetting but have not reached their final stage, things are still under control,” he explained. He added that Macedonians sacrificed much more for the agreement, while the only compromise on Greece's part was the acceptance of the term Macedonia into the neighbour’s name.
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Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Zaharieva: Relations between Bulgaria and Macedonia have never been better in 20 years

Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Zaharieva: Relations between Bulgaria and Macedonia have never been better in 20 years

18 June 2018 | 09:47 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Relations between Bulgaria and Macedonia have never been better in 20 years, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva told Nova TV.
Bulgaria needs stable neighbours, stable Republic of Macedonia on the road to EU accession negotiations. “We support the Macedonian government’s actions and its aspirations to improve relations with its neighbours. Relations between Bulgaria and Macedonia have never been better in 20 years,” Zaharieva said. “The Bulgarian government supports the actions of Prime Minister Zaev. We want that the Balkans leave the past in the past at last and reconcile. On 26 June there is NATO’s General Affairs Council, and if an agreement is reached, Macedonia will start membership talks. If they implement the reforms, EU membership will no longer be a mirage,” Minister Zaharieva said.
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