In a telephone conversation yesterday afternoon, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel regarding Macedonia’s efforts towards European and Atlantic perspectives and preparations for the referendum, the Macedonian government announced.
Furthermore, according to the statement, Merkel emphasized Germany’s support for the Agreement between Macedonia and Greece.
“The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, offered her support regarding efforts made by the Government and society – the political public in Macedonia to strengthen the European and Atlantic perspectives of the citizens of our country. Chancellor Merkel reiterated Germany’s support for the agreement reached between Macedonia and Greece, which resolves the long-standing name dispute and was a major obstacle to EU and NATO membership of the Republic of Macedonia. In this regard, we all agree that the referendum is the highest democratic act and a true reflection of the peoples’ determination concerning the future of the country,” the government reported.
Zaev also spoke about preparations for the referendum, saying that the Macedonian government “is strongly committed to organizing fair, democratic and transparent conditions for the realization of a democratic citizenship”.
The Macedonian Prime Minister also emphasized that the government is continuing its efforts in reforms to meet the requirements of the conclusions arrived at by the European Council in June 2018, especially in the areas of rule of law, the fight against corruption and crime, as well as reforms in public administration and the intelligence services.