Today, on the occasion of the state holiday, Ilinden, President Gjorge Ivanov laid wreaths with fresh flowers in front of the monuments of ASNOM and Nikola Karev. In front of the monument of the first President of the ASNOM Presidium, Metodija Andonov-Cento, Ivanov said that “because of our Macedonian identity, we are denied the right to prosperity.”

“In order to create conditions for prosperity in our globalized world, it is necessary to be part of the European Union and NATO. It was precisely the membership that was supposed to finally allow us to achieve complete freedom. However, on that road, we, as a state, are being blackmailed. No other member state on its European path has faced such issues on which we spend our time, energy and patience on, and on a daily basis. No such demands were made to other member states, what have been required of us, denying us the right to human dignity and self-identification”, said Ivanov.

According to the president, membership in the European Union and NATO requires a victim, which, he said, needs a broad national and state consensus.