VMRO-DPMNE will not take part in Parliament’s efforts on Agreement with Greece


Skopje, 19 June, 2018 - 15:30 (META) 

VMRO-DPMNE’s parliamentary group will not take part in Parliament’s efforts concerning the agreement over the name with Greece. Any further participation will be decided by party organs, said MP Antonio Miloshoski today.

According to him, the agreement is not a compromise but blackmail, which someone had to sign, either because of previous actions or future rewards.

“Legally, the agreement is anti-constitutional, and is a national humiliation”, said Miloshoski.

He blamed the abuse of the European flag of the law, thus the violation of all procedures.


Macedonia signs Agreement with Greece in Prespa


Resen, 18 June, 2018 - 10:58 (META) 

In the village of Psarades (Nivitsi) on the Greek side of the Prespa Lake, Foreign Ministers of Macedonia and Greece, Nikola Dimitrov and Nikos Kotzias, signed the “Final Agreement in resolving the differences described in resolutions 817 (1993) and 845 (1993) by the United Nations Security Council, for the termination of the validity of the Interim Accord of 1995 and establishing a strategic partnership between the parties.”

The document was signed by the foreign ministers of the two countries, while the two prime ministers, Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras, stood behind them during the signing of the new agreement. The agreement states the new name for the Republic of Macedonia, which will be used ‘erga omnes’, i.e the name will be used both in the country and outside. The official language of the country remains Macedonian, while citizenship will be “Macedonian / citizen of the Republic of Northern Macedonia”. The agreement was also signed by UN mediator Matthew Nimetz on the occasion of his birthday.

The ceremony was also attended by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn and United Nations Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo.

“What a beautiful, glorious and historic day”, said Zaev, who in the first part of his speech spoke of Aristotle, saying a person with a strong will can move mountains, which, as he pointed out, is happening today.

Before congratulating everyone after signing the agreement, he took his tie from his neck and gave it to his Greek counterpart.

Today’s event continue with a joint lunch on Macedonian territory, in Oteshevo.

 

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Tsipras: We can not forbid them to identify themselves as Macedonians


Athens, 14 June, 2018 - 12:25 (META) 

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said yesterday in an interview with Greek state television ERT that with the new agreement, Greece can not ban the right of the people of the Republic of Macedonia to self-determination, MIA reports from Athens.

“There is a solution for citizenship in the agreement, because we can not ban our neighbors’ right to self-determination as Macedonians. This agreement does not underestimate the right to self-determination, we can not do it. We can not forbid them to self-determination as Macedonians”, said the Greek Prime Minister and explained that in the agreement the term “Macedonians” does not refer to the history of Greek Macedonia.


Ivanov refuses to sign deal “I will not be shaken by threats and blackmail”


Skopje, 14 June, 2018 - 11:46 (META) 

The agreement between Macedonia and Greece does not unite the society, but additionally polarizes it. I will strive for a solution that will not violate the dignity of the Macedonian people and the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia, President Gjorge Ivanov said when he addressed the public and went on to announced that he did not intend to sign the agreement that Skopje and Athens had reached.

“I told Zaev and Dimitrov that this is their personal agreement and therefore their responsibility. This damaging agreement means abandonment of the existing essential positions, not to have amendments of the Constitution, and the non-acceptance of a name for overall use, i.e. erga omnes. This is a harmful deal, the only one in the history of mankind, and for me it is undignified and unacceptable. I will not legalize illegal political constructs. The text of the agreement is self-defeating for Macedonia. It is planned to change the preamble and all the articles of the Constitution where the Republic of Macedonia is mentioned. I claim that what Greece did to Macedonians in Greece, through this agreement is trying to do the same with the Macedonians in Macedonia. EU and NATO should not be an alibi for a harmful deal”, Ivanov said.

He added that the entire negotiating process was conducted frivolously, irresponsibly and not transparently, as the final result testifies, he called on the Macedonian people not to be afraid.

“In the end, I call on the Macedonian people wherever they are not to be afraid. Do not lose faith in yourself. Keep and nurture our centuries-old ideal of disobedience. My view is final and no amount of pressure will shake it, nor blackmail and threats. I will not support and sign this harmful text of this agreement”, Ivanov said.


Monuments will have inserts with explanations, anthem remains the same, says Government


Skopje, 14 June, 2018 - 1:47 (META) 

State institutions, meaning all those financed by the state, will have to adapt and follow the spirit of the agreement with Greece, said government spokesman Mile Bosnjakovski while answering questions of possible changes to the names of institutions ARM, MANU, MRT, MNT.

He revealed that the meeting between the two prime ministers Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras will take place this weekend. Regarding the information on new names or relocation of the monuments from the “Skopje 2014” project, Bosnjakovski said that the monuments will remain where they are and will represent a symbol of friendship.

“There will be an insert on the monuments offering an explanation. For example, the Warrior on a Horse will be called a monument Alexander the Great, explaining that he is a symbol of the Hellenic ancient period and remains a symbol of the friendship between Macedonia and Greece. The same will apply to the monument of Philip II and Olympia. All monuments will be marked with the aim of strengthening friendship. We are not ashamed to call the monuments as they are”, says Bosnjakovski.

He explained that the basis of the agreement is how Greece interprets and understands the term Macedonia.

He said there is no reason for concern, because citizens will not have to change their travel documents immediately but after the expiration of their term.

The government spokesman went on to explain that the state symbols were not part of the negotiation process and that the national anthem, flag, coat of arms and other symbols did not change, adding that the agreement will be published after it has been reviewed and adopted at a government session.


Dimitrov: The deal is not ideal, but it must fulfill the most important interests of both parties


Skopje, 13 June, 2018 - 23:24 (META) 

Is the deal ideal? Of course not. But let’s not forget that every successful agreement must fulfill the most important interests of both parties.

This was written by Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov on his Facebook profile. He took to the social media page after the agreement reached with Greece.

“Have we done everything we can in the circumstances? Did we get the maximum, without endangering the deal? Absolutely and that’s why I will defend it with all my heart. Why did we push ourselves into this? So we can look in the mirror and tell ourselves we’ve done everything for a better future. We did it, to protect our identity and dignity, to sleep at eas, with a peaceful conscience”, wrote Dimitrov.

He added that “there is no greater responsibility than facing ones biggest problem, a problem that has obstructed our future for decades, which pulls us down like a stone tied to the statehood in the stormy waters of the Balkans.”

“It is a responsibility to create a chance, to offer the citizens a choice. For the people, it is more important than any political calculations, even if it means political self-sacrifice. The proposed solution puts an end to all challenges and questions of identity i.e Macedonians, the Macedonian people, and the Macedonian language. It provides us with a European future and security with NATO”, added Dimitrov.

Today, Mr Dimitrov travels to Berlin, and said, “let me tell them that in Macedonia we have an opportunity for historical success. This success needs to be supported with the start of negotiations for EU membership and NATO membership. ”


Nimetz: It was an honour to be mediator, Dimitrov and Kotzias demonstrated leadership and vision


New York, 13 June, 2018 - 21:36 (META) 

United Nations mediator Matthew Nimetz welcomed the announcement by Prime Ministers Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras on finding a mutually acceptable solution to the decades-long name dispute.

Mr Nimitz said it had been an honour mediating between the two countries and commended the two foreign ministers who demonstrated leadership, vision and determination in the negotiating process and never faltered in their efforts to reach a mutually beneficial solution for their own nations and also for the broader region.

“I would like to congratulate the parties for reaching a successful conclusion to the talks and for resolving the difference between them.
I have no doubt this agreement will lead to a period of enhanced relations between the two neighbouring countries and especially between their people. In that context, I am encouraged by the dedication of both governments to deliver mutual benefits for all their citizens through the establishment of a strategic partnership as a basis for intensified cooperation across all sectors”, said the mediator in a written statement.

Nimetz also said  he was honoured to have had the role of facilitator between the two parties and paid tribute to the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres for his unwavering support and to other colleagues in the United Nations, for their valuable contributions to the process.


Mogherini, Hahn and Tusk congratulate Zaev and Tsipras for showing leadership and determination


Brussels, 13 June, 2018 - 21:05 (META) 

In a joint statement, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini and EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn congratulated the Prime Ministers of Macedonia and Greece, Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras for their determination and leadership in reaching a historic agreement on the name dispute, and said that it is a great day for Europe.

Mogherini and Hahn said that the achievement belongs to the leaders of countries, their teams, but first and foremost, it belongs to all the citizens of both countries and of Europe as a whole.

“Together, we must now make good use of the window of opportunity that has been pushed wide open to accompany and consolidate the winds of peace and cooperation in the entire region.  The European Union perspective of the Western Balkans, reaffirmed recently at the Sofia Summit, remains the most powerful stabilising force for the region, and we have an interest and responsibility to make good use of it. It was also a crucial incentive for this agreement, in the spirit of good neighbourly cooperation. We now look forward to the Council endorsing our recommendation of 17 April to open accession negotiations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in June. The European Union encouraged and supported the negotiations from their very beginning. We will now accompany the next steps with all our means in the same spirit of dialogue for our common European future”, reads the joint statement.

 

President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, expressed his sincere congratulations to the two prime ministers on his twitter profile, saying that the two had made the impossible, possible. He shared the same message in English, Macedonian and Greek.

 

Special rapporteur for Macedonia in European Parliament, Ivo Vajgl, said that it is now crucial that the agreement is supported by the vast majority of political parties and the people of both countries. “With an agreement over the name, the door is now open for Macedonia (the Republic of Northern Macedonia) to receive full membership in the EU and NATO. EU and NATO members should welcome the deal as an opportunity to continue the enlargement process to all the countries of Southeast Europe”, said Vajgl.


Stoltenberg: Historic solution to name dispute will set Macedonia on its path to NATO


Brussels, 13 June, 2018 - 19:52 (META) 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the agreement over the name dispute reached by Prime Ministers Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras and called on both countries to finalize the agreement.

“I warmly welcome the agreement reached between Prime Ministers Tsipras and Zaev on a solution to the name dispute between Athens and Skopje. This historic agreement is testament to many years of patient diplomacy, and to the willingness of these two leaders to solve a dispute which has affected the region for too long. I now call on both countries to finalize the agreement reached by the two leaders. This will set Skopje on its path to NATO membership. And it will help to consolidate peace and stability across the wider Western Balkans.”, said Stoltenberg.

 


State Department: Historical agreement will benefit both countries


Washington, 13 June, 2018 - 19:37 (META) 

The State Department congratulated the prime ministers of Greece and Macedonia today, regarding the resolution of the name dispute, saying they demonstrated vision and courage.

“The United States congratulates Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev and welcomes the historic agreement to resolve the name dispute. This resolution will benefit both countries and bolster regional security and prosperity. Prime Ministers Zaev and Tsipras demonstrated vision, courage, and persistence in their pursuit of a mutually acceptable solution. We also commend the commitment of UN mediator Matthew Nimetz for his steadfast efforts over more than two decades to end this dispute.” Reads the statement by the State Department.

The signing of the agreement was also welcomed yesterday by UN mediator Matthew Nimetz, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, President of the European Donald Tusk, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.