Arnaudov: No one is traitor and no bribe was offered to the MPs

Skopje, 22 October, 2018 - 12:55 (META) 

Ljuben Arnaudov, MP, one of the accused for the incidents in the Parliament building on the 27th of April, at the start of today’s trials at the Basic Court I Skopje announced that he doesn’t think somebody is a traitor and he doesn’t know who wrote the letter that was sent to the media two days ago in the name of the VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs who voted on Friday in favor of the initiating the constitutional amendments. He stressed that it is not true that there were threats and that they took money.

-Nothing was promised regarding the case concerning the 27th of April and therefore I don’t want to give any information. We come here to prove that we are innocent – said Arnaudov.

Before him, there was a reaction by 5 out of 8 VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs, who issued the same message – they weren’t blackmailed or weren’t threatened, nor were bribed.

In the letter sent to the media on Saturday, undersigned in the name of the MPs from the opposition who supported the constitutional amendments, it says that they wish well to Macedonia and stated that they want the procedure to continue. They want a guarantee that the constitutional amendments should be abolished if Greece doesn’t ratify the Agreement and if it hinders Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic integrations, including the parliamentary committee that will prepare a plan for a national reconciliation, in congruence with the the message that was sent on Monday by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, on the first day of the session on constitutional changes.

Merkel’s letter to Zaev: All necessary steps to be taken for the implementation of the Agreement with Greece

Berlin, 9 October, 2018 - 17:30 (META) 

The Prespa Agreement offers a historical chance for Macedonia and contributes to the strengthening of the good neighborly relations, stresses the German chancellor, Angela Merkel in a letter addressed to the Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

“On the 30th of September, the vast majority of over 90% of those who voted at the referendum voted “for” in favor of the Agreement with Greece. The Agreement offers a chance for a historic agreement and the strengthening of the relations between both countries. It also removes the key obstacle for bringing the country towards the EU and NATO. It is key now to take very important steps for the implementation of the name agreement by passing the necessary constitutional amendments. I will keep cooperating with you for the accomplishment of this goal” says the letter addressed to Zaev published on the German government’s web page.

Mickoski: Macedonia is not an illegal building that has to be registered at the Land Registry

Skopje, 24 July, 2018 - 16:53 (META) 

This morning, citizens from the centre of Skopje received a letter signed by the leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski, in which he told them that it was time to make their voices heard, that they would stand side by side with them in all battles to come, as long as it takes to “make Macedonia, tough, strong and unyielding”, reports Fokus.

In the period SDSM has come to power, the letter states that fear has replaced democracy, the immoral has replaced the moral, and non-principles have replaced principles.

“Corruption and crime have flourished as never before, untouchables have come overnight, and the law does not apply to everyone equally, racketeering rules. They are playing with human destinies, with the tragedy of the murdered children near Lake Smilkovsko, with the fates of the families of the murdered policemen from Divo Naselje Kumanovo. Nepotism is a major factor in employment. The party holds the key for jobs. Councilors become criminals and extremely incompetent people. Young people are moving away because there is np prospects”, Mickoski wrote in the letter.

Macedonia, says Mickoski, is not an illegal building that has to be registered at the Land Registry. Citizens, he adds, have an identity and a past which they can’t give up.

“I know you do not know me well enough to say that I am the one you need to support. I am just one of you, see at it that way. And therefore you do not have to trust me, but I’m asking you to trust yourselves, because I believe in you”, he added in the letter.

According to the VMRO-DPMNE leader, chaos and apathy rule in the society and adds that “history chose for us.”

Regarding his party, Mickoski says, “I am not saying that we are without sin and that we won’t make mistakes, but I promise you, we will get better.”

Orbán congratulates Zaev for Agreement with Greece

Budapest, 20 July, 2018 - 19:31 (META) 

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev received a letter from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán congratulating him on the agreement regarding the Macedonian-Greek name dispute and for reaching a strategic partnership between the two countries, reported the government’s press service.

The letter, which Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán signed on behalf of the Visegrád Four, welcomes the solution that the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece reached regarding the name issue.

“The Hungarian Government continuously, through all forums, advocates for the acceleration of Euro-Atlantic integration of the whole region of the Western Balkans, as well as for the Republic of Macedonia. Hungary has supported the adoption of a resolution of the European Union that enables the start of EU accession negotiations with the Republic of Macedonia”, reads the letter.

Also in the letter, Orbán says that Hungary supports the invitation for membership that Macedonia received from NATO on July 11th.

Zaev asks for support from EU prime ministers for start of negotiations with Macedonia

Skopje, 26 June, 2018 - 15:26 (META) 

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has written to the prime ministers of EU member states, urging them to support a decision to start Macedonia’s accession talks with the EU as a long-deserved decision, stated the government.

In his letter he informed them about the Agreement for resolving the name dispute and establishing a strategic partnership between Macedonia and Greece, and he noted that it has already been ratified in Parliament and that a referendum will be held in autumn, after which the procedure for constitutional changes will start.

“To ensure the realization of the agreement and its potential benefits for both countries, for the region of Southeast Europe and for Europe as a whole, the political support of EU Member States is of tremendous importance, in order to confirm with concrete measures the strategic vision for the European future of my country and the entire region”, said Zaev, urging the European Council to give thir support for the start of the negotiations.

“Such a decision will give recognition to the evident reform processes and will facilitate the further deepening of the reform impulse. In addition, such a decision will have a decisive contribution to the creation of a necessary positive climate for the successful completion of each of the steps provided for in the Agreement, in order to implement the delicately balanced compromise to resolve the long-standing and complex dispute”, said Zaev in the letter.

Bosnjakovski: Zaev did not ask for “Macedonian” to be removed from the MOC name

Skopje, 31 May, 2018 - 23:32 (META) 

According to government spokesman, Mile Bosnjakovski, in a letter to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Macedonian Prime Minister did not ask for the word “Macedonian” to be removed from the name of the Macedonian Orthodox Church.

As previously announced, the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric (MOC-OA) and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev addressed the Ecumenical Patriarchate with a request for autocephalous status for the MOC-OA.

“Prime Minister Zaev has sent a petition to resolve the long-standing issue of the church. In the correspondence that was sent to the Ecumenical Patriarch, they did not ask for the word “Macedonian/Makedonska” to be removed. Concerning all other information, we suggest you ask the Synod”, said government spokesman Bosnjakovski while responding to a journalist’s question at today’s regular press conference in government.

According to the government, Zaev’s letter was “just one contribution that we believe should be made in order to solve this long-standing church issue”.

You have support and friendship from the UK, writes Johnson to Dimitrov

London, 27 April, 2018 - 19:15 (META) 

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson congratulated his Macedonian counterpart, Nikola Dimitrov, on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. He reaffirmed Britain’s support and friendship and voiced hope that the partnership of the two countries will be even stronger in the years to come.

“I’m delighted to take this opportunity to mark 25th anniversary years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Britain and Macedonia. Most recently, the UK and Macedonia worked together at the Edinburgh summit in 1992 to resolve the issues surrounding recognition of your country. British peacekeeping troops deployed in Macedonia in 2001 to police a ceasefire and in 2005, Britain helped Macedonia to receive EU membership candidate status”, he says in a letter.

Johnson adds that this year will be especially important for both countries – The UK is preparing for a future role outside the European Union, while Macedonia, says Johnson, is continuing with ambitious reforms and seeking a solution to the name dispute with Greece.

“I’m delighted to reaffirm the UK’s support and friendship. We are quadrupling our technical assistance to Macedonian and I look forward to welcoming you to the Western Balkan Summit in July. I hope that our partnership will only grow stronger in the years ahead”, says Boris Johnson in the letter.


MOC: The BOC’s decision gives hope for a final solution to our autocephaly

Skopje, 27 November, 2017 - 14:56 (META) 

The Holy Bishop’s Synod of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric (MOC-OA) expressed gratitude to the Bulgarian patriarch Neofit and to the members of the Holy Bishop’s Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, who today came to the decision to accept to be the mother church of the MOC.

“The adopted decision of the BOC’s BAP gives hope for a final settlement of the status of the legitimate autocephaly of the Macedonian Orthodox Church within the family of the local Orthodox churches,” said the statement from the MOC-OA.

At today’s session, the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church decided to engage and represent the MOC in front of the local Orthodox churches for establishing the canonical status of the Macedonian Orthodox Church.

The BOC has accepted to be the MOC’s mother church

Sofia, 27 November, 2017 - 14:38 (META) 

The Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church – the Bulgarian Patriarchate accepted the request to be the mother church of the Macedonian Orthodox Church (MOA) and to represent it in front of the local Orthodox churches.

The Synod of Bulgarian Orthodox Church (BOC) at today’s sitting reviewed the letter from the Archbishop of MOC-OA, HH. Stefan, which was sent on November 9th.

“The Bulgarian Orthodox Church – the Bulgarian Patriarchate was never indifferent to the suffering of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, which is why it was discussed. In a situation when the Macedonian Orthodox Church recognizes the Bulgarian Orthodox Church – the Bulgarian Patriarchate (BOC-BP) as its mother church, the BOC-BP considers its sacred duty to commit itself in engagement, mediation and advocacy in front of the local Orthodox churches. The BOC will do what is necessary for determining the canonical status of the MOC”, wrote the BOC’s Holy Synod about the letter from the MOC.

The Synod of the BOC decided to establish a bishop committee for negotiations with the MOC and other local Orthodox churches for establishing the canonical status of the MOC, reads the decision.

The MOC has requested that the Bulgarian Orthodox Church be their mother-church

Skopje, 19 November, 2017 - 15:17 (META) 

The Holy Synod of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric, sent a letter to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church requesting that they be their mother church if they recognize the autonomy of the MOC-OA, reported Bulgarian National Television (BNT) on their show “Religion and Society“.

The letter was sent on November 9th to the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Church after a regular session of the MOC-OA in Skopje, where it was unanimously decided to refer certain proposals and requests to the sister church.

The Synod from Skopje asks the BOC to establish “Eucharistic unity with the renewed Ohrid Archbishopric in the face of the Macedonian Orthodox Church”.

With the eventual signing between the two churches, it’s required to establish unity between the two bishops, which will be the basis for “Eucharistic unity and the bishops of the other local Orthodox churches”.