Аугушто Сантош Силва, Зоран Заев и Оливер Вархјеи по средбата во Клуб на пратеници во Скопје. 21 мај 2021. Фото: Влада на РСМ

What is important is that at this moment we can clearly and with full responsibility state that this proposal represents a good ground for reaching the solution to the problem; a solution that will help remove all obstacles to the start of the negotiations, with the first intergovernmental conference about North Macedonia. For us, it is especially important that the proposed solution is neither interfering with the Macedonian identity issues, and with it, our crucial position has been met, stated the Macedonian Prime Minister after the meeting with Portugal’s Foreign Affairs Minister Augusto Santos Silva and the EU Commissioner Olivér Várhely in Skopje this afternoon.

At the meeting in the Deputees’ Club in Skopje, with the participation of the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov and the Foreign Affairs Minister Bujar Osmani, Silva and Várhely presented the draft solutions for overcoming the dispute between the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Bulgaria, i.e. unblocking the start of the EU accession negotiations and holding the first intergovernmental conference.

Previously in Sofia, Várhely and Augusto Santos Silva have met with Foreign Affairs Minister Svetlan Stoev, Prime Minister Stefan Janev, President Rumen Radev.

Official Bulgaria rejected the proposal and sent a message that Sofia will not yield its position.

“We expect our closest neighbors in the region to work in the spirit of sincerity and constructivity. I want to stress that regarding this issue there is a general consensus and a change in Bulgaria’s national position regarding North Macedonia cannot be expected,” said Stoev.

On the other hand,  North Macedonia’s Prime Minister pinpointed that with this proposal Macedonia’s crucial position has been met.

Previously, Silva has met with the President of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski.