“North Macedonia” will probably be in use from February 15

Skopje, 30 January, 2019 - 18:00 (META) 

The new name of the country, “Republic of North Macedonia” will be officially in use from February 15. Government spokesman Mile Bosnjakovski  confirmed for “Meta” that the decisions arising from the Prespa Agreement will come into force 7 days after Greece ratifies Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol, and Greece is likely to ratify the protocol on February 8.

“In a symbolic gesture, the Greek government is likely to be the first country to ratify the North Atlantic Treaty Accession Protocol in NATO, as it aims to do it by February 8, say sources close to the topic,” Euractive wrote yesterday.

At yesterday’s session, the Government established an inter-ministerial body for the implementation of the obligations of the Prespa Agreement.

“The decisions related to the implementation of the provisions of the Prespa Agreement envisage a set of measures and activities to be undertaken by the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, as well as all other state administration bodies and all state institutions, arising from the adopted amendments to the Constitution of the Republic Macedonia, which will come into force 7 days after the ratification of the Protocol for the accession of our country to NATO by the Hellenic Republic, and which regulate the use of the new constitutional name in accordance with the amendments,” the government said.

According to the Government, changes will have to be made to the tables at border crossings, diplomatic and consular offices and at the entrances of all state institutions, public enterprises and state-owned enterprises by the foreseen deadline.

“Of course, this will not happen overnight, but it will be implemented within the stipulated deadline,” explains Bosnjakovski.

The Government will recommend the same procedure to the units of local self-government, while the sectors and public relations services of the state and public institutions “will receive guidelines for using the constitutional name in accordance with the adopted amendments.”

The five-year deadline begins from February 8, i.e. from the Greek ratification of the NATO Accession Protocol, for the entry of “North Macedonia” in all official documents, including passports and ID cards. Documents with the new name, according to the Prespa Agreement, will be issued after the regular expiration date, but no later than five years after the agreement comes into force.

Dimitrov: Ivanov’s statement is a shameful avoidance of responsibilities

Skopje, 24 September, 2018 - 12:02 (META) 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov, remarked that President Ivanov’s statement that he won’t cast a vote at the referendum as “shameful avoidance of responsibility.”

– To give that statement, while not in Macedonia but from across the ocean, is a shameful avoidance of responsibility. Not to take part in is an avoidance of responsibility. The responsibility from not having a vision is enormous – said Dimitrov and reminded that Ivanov has made similar decisions in the past – while declaring amnesty or not handing over the mandate for forming the government to Zoran Zaev.

During his speech at the United Macedonian Diaspora in Detroit, Ivanov said that 27 years ago he voted for an independent state with a dignity and he will not step away from the promise he gave in front of the citizens.

-As far as I’m concerned I already voted. I voted 27 years ago, on the 8th of September 1991. I was one of those who gave their vote to Republic of Macedonia in order to be constituted as a sovereign and independent state, with its own name and its own dignity. I’m not stepping away from my decision. Therefore, on the 30th of September, I will not go out to cast a vote. I received the citizens’ trust twice to not let any changes to the constitution in order to change the constitutional name, not to accept ideas and proposals that would jeopardize the Macedonian national identity, especially the Macedonian nation, the difference of Macedonian nation, Macedonian language and the Macedonian model of co-existance. I don’t back down from my promise. Therefore, on the 30th of September, I won’t come out to cast my vote 0 said Ivanov

At the moment, the President is visiting the US. On the 27th of Septemeber, where he is to address the 73 General Assembly of the United Nations. The President will meet the UN’s General Secretary, Antonio Guterres and he will have meetings with other state presidents, participants at the General Assembly.

Gruevski admitted that he negotiated the name and tried to defuse the “bomb”?

Скопје, 22 March, 2015 - 10:27 (META) 

In his speech at the gathering in Bitola, VMRO-DPMNE leader and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski made an effort to exempt from a possible “bomb” regarding the name and prepared the public and the membership of such an act.

SDSM leader Zoran Zaev announced that he owns several recordings which will reportedly show “who was selling the name.”

For the first time ever, concerning the name, Gruevski is talking about politicians who “talk and negotiate, accept, offer, reject“, as well as about “pressure, blackmail, offers or threats“.

Very indicatively, he says that “if someone aligns, agrees on, promises or accepts something, politicians, ministers, Prime Minister or President cannot have the last word” and mentioned for the second time succumbing to”pressure, threats, blackmail or what not“, i.e. that “one, two, five, 15 or 150 politicians, people may err or be wrong in one or another direction, to succumb to pressure, threats, blackmail or what not “.

Interestingly, Prime Minister and leader of VMRO-DPMNE mentions himself, as well as the President, and other ministers and politicians who “talk and negotiate, accept, offer, refuse”, but who will not have the final word, as he says, “if someone aligns, agrees on, promises or accepts something.”

In that context, Gruevski stressed that “all the people, in a referendum, will say whether an idea, proposal or decision is good or not, and that, and only that, can be the final answer of the Republic of Macedonia”.

We probably need to hear the “bomb” regarding name in order to understand who “aligned, agreed, promised or accepted” and why Prime Minister suddenly decided to speak up.

Here is the part of Nikola Gruevski’s speech that refers to the name:

– In the early nineties, when SDSM was in power, and Greek parties organized rallies of millions just to recommend that Macedonia < span id = "E-17197"> was Greek, people in Macedonia did not have a chance to give an appropriate response. Therefore, our position, among other things, said: yes, politicians will talk and negotiate, accept, offer, reject. Something will seem good, something bad. Some things under pressure, blackmail, threats or offer, they can do everything, but if something is aligned, agreed, promised or accepted, politicians, ministers, Prime Minister or President cannot have the final word, but the whole nation, which, through a referendum, will tell whether an idea, proposal or decision is good or not and that, and only that, can be the final answer of the Republic of Macedonia. One, two, five, 15 or 150 politicians, people may err or be wrong in one or another direction, to succumb to pressure, threats, blackmail or what not, but it will not pass the entire Macedonian nation and all citizens of Macedonia. If this were so, in the early 90’s, when SDSM decided instead people, the situation and position on this issue now would have been different.

Nimetz wrote to Kodzias, Nuland tomorrow in Athens

Атина, 16 March, 2015 - 13:50 (META) 

Mediator in the name dispute Matthew Nimetz established contact with the new head of the Greek diplomacy, Nikos Kodzias. According to the newspaper “Ethnos”, Nimetz sent a letter to Kodzias to congratulate him on taking office, expressing willingness to visit Athens to interact and meet with the new Greek government. The newspaper notes that Greece formally replied to the letter of the mediator, without any invitation for Nimetz to visit the Greek capital in near future.
Kodzias will tomorrow afternoon hold a meeting with Victoria Nuland, the US assistant secretary of state for European affairs, on which it will be discussed about European issues and issues that concern the two countries.
On the Greek side, what is heard is the opinion of a package of measures to build confidence that Greece would have referred to Macedonia as a gesture of goodwill. According to the newspaper “Kathimerini”, the international community and the European Commission is already involved and interested in the whole situation. The newspaper notes that it is still unclear what the specific measures would be, whether the Macedonian side would accept them and, if it does, in what framework would the talks for these measures develop, i.e. whether they would be done within the United Nations, at the bilateral level or under the umbrella of the EU. However, according to the newspaper, what is worrying is that there is no reaction from the UN and even though long time has passed since Kodzias mentioned the measures.
In the analysis of “Kathimerini”, it is shown for the measured that the idea of them derived after numerous pressures from the US, Germany and the EU, which are asking to intensify negotiations between Macedonia and Greece at all costs to finally close the door of the 20 year-old name dispute. As noted in the text, the Greek diplomatic assessments are that currently there are no favorable conditions for resolving the dispute because it has come to the idea of confidence building measures, which would be a way Greece to point out the problem with the irredentism of the Macedonian Government to the international community.

Greek Handball Federation reacted to the naming of Macedonia in Qatar

Атина, 20 January, 2015 - 12:40 (META) 

Reactions to the use of the constitutional name in international sports events were not absent for the World Handball Championship in Qatar. Greek Handball Federation sent a letter to the International Handball Federation, in which it reacts for the incorrectly naming of Macedonia on the 24th World Men’s Handball Championship in Qatar and demands the behavior to be corrected during the rest of the events of the tournament.

“On the occasion of improper use of the name of FYROM in certain cases, the World Handball Championship, which takes place in Qatar, in which the neighboring country is participating, the Greek Federation sent a correspondence to the International Handball Federation in which it demands intervention to the local organizing committee for every part in which the name of FYROM is mentioned or announced, in order for it to be done by using its official international name”, reads the statement of the Greek Handball Federation.

“Univerzalna sala” will be renamed into Convention Center “Aleksandar Makedonski”

Skopje, 13 January, 2015 - 11:25 (META) 

The new name of “Univerzalna sala” is Convention Center “Aleksandar Makedonski”, reports “E-magazin”.

The old website no longer exists, and the preparation of a new one is ongoing. According to information, the renaming of “Univerzalna sala” occurred on 8th of January 2015.

Tsipras: Samaras made a historical error on the name issue

Athens, 13 January, 2015 - 11:08 (META) 

Alexis Tsipras accused Prime Minister Antonis Samaras that, because of his views as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Greece is stuck in the name dispute for 20 years now.

The head of the most popular Greek left-oriented party, in an interview for the show “In first-person” of TV “Star”, said that if Greek politicians listened to the advice of SYRIZA two decades, the dispute would have been resolved under the conditions which now Greece sets as its red line, i.e. a compound name with a geographical qualifier.

– It has been proven that SYRIZA was right for the Macedonian issue 20 years ago. One who was proven wrong, and the one which will go down in history with a black ink, is the Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who was Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time. We then proposed to accept the package “Pinheiro” and if we had accepted it, the dispute would have been already resolved. Now Greece requests this package, i.e. we require a composite name with a geographical qualifier, and the neighbor does not accept it – stated Tsipras in his interview.

To emphasize that Greece for two decades is in an awkward situation regarding the name dispute because Samaras, rather than in a favorable position, Tsipras said that many countries have already recognized Macedonia under its constitutional name, which does not correspond to Greek demands and desires.

– We do not think that the people of other countries, of the countries in our neighborhood, are our enemies – emphasized the leader of SYRIZA.

EU demands solution to the name dispute “without delay”

Brussels, 16 December, 2014 - 14:55 (META) 

The rhetoric of the European Union in terms of resolving the name dispute with Greece has been intensified in each subsequent report. Each report mentions that Macedonia should maintain good neighborly relations and take decisive steps to find a mutually acceptable solution to the name dispute, and the term “without delay” is increasingly used in that context.

The conclusions of the foreign ministers of the EU, which should be adopt in the next few days in Brussels, it is said that Macedonia must find a “final solution to the name dispute without delay.”

“Maintaining good neighborly relations, including negotiations and mutually acceptable solution to the name dispute, under the auspices of the United Nations, remains necessary. Lengthy negotiations on the name dispute should bring the final decision without delay. It is imperative for a decisive action to be taken,” it is said in the conclusions.

The 2014-2015 enlargement strategy reads that “It remains essential to take decisive steps to resolve the “name dispute” with Greece. The failure of the parties in this dispute to reach a compromise after 19 years of negotiations mediated by the UN, has a direct negative impact on the country’s European aspirations. Decisive action is required, as well as proactive support by EU leaders.”

However, the Macedonian version of the enlargement strategy doesn’t contain the part that “good neighborly relations are essential for Macedonia, including negotiations to find a mutually acceptable solution under the auspices of the United Nations, which has to be found without further delay,” which can be found in the English version of the document.

There is also a similar rhetoric in the 2013-2014 expansion report, which states that:

“Since 2009, the Commission recommends that the second stage of association under the Stabilization and Association Agreement should begin. In both cases, decision by the Council hadn’t been reached. Twenty years after the country’s admission in the United Nations, a solution to the name dispute should be found without further delay.”

The newly appointed Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, Johannes Hahn, announced that he would personally take care about the name dispute between Greece and Macedonia.

Petkovski: Macedonian Bank is child’s play compared to Zaev’s “bomb”

Skopje, 30 November, 2014 - 11:39 (META) 

Our sole purpose is to reveal the reality, the truth about the way the Republic of Macedonia is ruled and to shed some light to all the knowledge of corruption, greed, crime, moral dimensions of people who lead the Republic of Macedonia today. The agreements that are made in the sphere aren’t interethnic relations, but treason. They negotiate directly with Greece, with people from top leadership of Gruevski and they pretend that they aren’t negotiating, that they aren’t talking, said NSDP leader Tito Petkovski in an interview for Radio Free Europe.

When asked if he knew about the “bomb” of SDSM leader Zoran Zaev, he says that it is a collection of various documents and information, evidence, facts relevant to the governing, i.e. about the mercilessness of the Government in all aspects of life.

– The information, i.e. the scandal with Macedonian Bank and “Actor” are child’s play in comparison to the facts which Zaev has at his disposal – said Petkovski.

Nimitz offers name “Upper Republic of Macedonia”

Скопје, 11 November, 2014 - 10:35 (META) 

The last official proposal for the name of the United Nations mediator Matthew Nimetz, which was offered to Macedonia and Greece last year, was announced today by BIRN.
On the document which was discovered by BIRN, there is the date April 9, 2013, which coincides with the date of the meeting between the mediator and representatives of Macedonia and Greece in UN headquarters, after which it was announced that Nimetz presented a new proposal, writes BIRN.
“At the center of the document is the name Upper Republic of Macedonia, which coincides with the information reported in the period by Macedonian and Greek media, as well as the statement of the leader of DUI, Ali Ahmeti, that the proposal of Nimitz is based on that name,” is stated there.
A new round of name negotiations is scheduled for tomorrow in New York, where the mediator Nimetz will meet Vasko Naumovski and Adamantios Vassilakis.