Ivanov: I will not vote in the referendum on September 30

Detroit, 24 September, 2018 - 12:35 (META) 

President Gjorge Ivanov will not vote in the referendum on the name change. In Detroit, he told the United Macedonian Diaspora that 27 years ago, he voted for an independent country with dignity and that he will not go back on the promise he made the people.

“As for myself, I have already voted. I voted 27 years ago, on September 8, 1991. I was one of the people who voted for the Republic of Macedonia to become a sovereign and independent country, with its own name and dignity. I will not go back on that decision. Therefore, on September 30, I will not vote. Twice, I received a mandate from the people, not to allow changes to the constitution,  a change to the constitutional name, nor to accept ideas or proposals that will jeopardize the Macedonian national identity, the Macedonian nation, the Macedonian language and the model of Macedonian coexistence. I will not go back on my promise. Therefore, on September 30, I will not vote,”said Ivanov.

The president is currently on a visit to the United States. On September 27, he will address the general debate at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. He is also expected to meet with UN Secretary General António Guterres, and participate in several bilateral meetings with heads of state and government, and participants of the General Assembly.

UMD: Zaev promised that a population census will be conducted in Macedonia in 2019

Washington, 22 September, 2017 - 13:21 (META) 

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said at the meeting with the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) that a population census in Macedonia will be conducted in 2019, UMD said in a statement at the meeting that took place this week in New York, where the Prime Minister with a Government delegation attended the 72rd General United Nations Assembly.

It was said in a statement regarding the meeting, that UMD President Metodija Koloski asked Zaev to explain the Law on use of languages and repeated the view that it is unacceptable for UMD to “interfere with the Macedonian constitution, unity, national interests, territorial integrity of the Republic of Macedonia, as well as possible creation of a bi-national state instead of a state for the Macedonians and all minorities with equal rights “.

“(Kolovski) received an explanation from Prime Minister Zaev that this draft law represents only the last legal part of the Law on Languages adopted in 2008 and 2011 and does not infringe on the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia. In this context, Koloski raised the issue of the population census in the Republic of Macedonia, to which Prime Minister Zaev made a promise to be implemented in 2019, “the UMD statement said.

At the meeting it was also addressed the name dispute with Greece. UMD member, Vladimir Kotevski emphasized that the UMD insists on stopping all negotiations regarding the name, and criticized the agreement with Bulgaria, stressing out that “any other agreements should not be detrimental to the state integrity and the protection of the rights of the Macedonian minorities in those countries.

“President Koloski continued with emphasizing the position of the UMD for NATO and the European Integration of Macedonia, with special emphasis that the Government of the Republic of Macedonia should not allow entry into NATO and the EU by a condition for changing the name”, it was said in the statement.