- Wednesday, January 17, 2018 10:53 AM
Skopje, 17 January 2018 (MIA) - DUI leader Ali Ahmeti assesses the visit of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to Macedonia as a good signal that a compromise is possible before the NATO summit in July, but believes that the opposition should take part in the name solution.
“In order to have acceptable solution, surely the opposition should agree also. There should be political and national consent of communities, especially between the two largest communities, the Macedonian and the Albanian. There are a several points which need to manage well and in order the opposition to be involved in this process, contacts, meetings with them and meetings with other state institutions are necessary, and in this direction, Ivanov cannot be excluded,” Ali Ahmeti said in an interview with TV Alsat M.
Asked whether this government is more courageous and whether it is realistic to reach final compromise with Greece over name dispute, Ahmeti said that good signal is the encouragement coming from officials from Washington and Brussels but also from Germany, Britain and France for reaching the compromise before NATO summit in July at which Macedonia would be accepted as the newest member of the Alliance.
“Albanian community has always been interested in resolving this problem, but we are careful taking into consideration the feelings of the Macedonians and it is not all the same to us, because it is our country as well. For the Albanians, the only unacceptable name is Slavic or National Republic of Macedonia because we are part of it with history and culture,” Ahmeti said.
Ahmeti said that the government considers removing some of the monuments erected in the capital as part of the “Skopje 2014” project or to change the name of the airport "Alexander the Great" and the name of the highway, which would signal to both Greece and the international community that Macedonia is firmly committed to overcome misunderstandings and open issues with neighbours. sk/10:53
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