The agreement between Macedonia and Greece does not unite the society, but additionally polarizes it. I will strive for a solution that will not violate the dignity of the Macedonian people and the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia, President Gjorge Ivanov said when he addressed the public and went on to announced that he did not intend to sign the agreement that Skopje and Athens had reached.
“I told Zaev and Dimitrov that this is their personal agreement and therefore their responsibility. This damaging agreement means abandonment of the existing essential positions, not to have amendments of the Constitution, and the non-acceptance of a name for overall use, i.e. erga omnes. This is a harmful deal, the only one in the history of mankind, and for me it is undignified and unacceptable. I will not legalize illegal political constructs. The text of the agreement is self-defeating for Macedonia. It is planned to change the preamble and all the articles of the Constitution where the Republic of Macedonia is mentioned. I claim that what Greece did to Macedonians in Greece, through this agreement is trying to do the same with the Macedonians in Macedonia. EU and NATO should not be an alibi for a harmful deal”, Ivanov said.
He added that the entire negotiating process was conducted frivolously, irresponsibly and not transparently, as the final result testifies, he called on the Macedonian people not to be afraid.
“In the end, I call on the Macedonian people wherever they are not to be afraid. Do not lose faith in yourself. Keep and nurture our centuries-old ideal of disobedience. My view is final and no amount of pressure will shake it, nor blackmail and threats. I will not support and sign this harmful text of this agreement”, Ivanov said.