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Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 

FM Poposki: 'Slav-Albanian Macedonia' not deserving of comment

Skopje, 5 November 2013 (MIA) - Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki has said proposal 'Slav-Albanian Macedonia', which Greece put forward at the latest round of name talks in New York and that the country's President Karolos Papoulias has supported, is not deserving of comment.

"I do not think it really deserves a comment", FM Poposki told journalists after his address at Tuesday's debate "Economic Strategy of PR China towards Countries of Central and Eastern Europe - Opportunity for Strategic Partnership with Republic of Macedonia", organized by the Institute for Geostrategic Research and Foreign Policy within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Pertaining to the chances of reaching an agreement with Bulgaria by December, he would not speculate over dates, but the communication with Bulgaria left room for further improvement of climate.

"Bulgaria has sent messages it does not want to be represent an obstacle to Macedonia's European integration. I believe the messages we heard from the authorities and the opposition demonstrate this. I hope this will be supported by concrete actions", stressed Poposki.

He said the failure of the Macedonia-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee to hold a session, as well as reports that Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule and Enlargement Directorate director-general Christian Danielsson would not come to Macedonia, should not be linked to the European agenda.

"I am sure the meeting will materialize, we have open and direct dialogue with the EC on a daily basis. There is only one key issue, which is whether we will succeed to convince Greece in using its EU Presidency to deliver a gesture favoring European integration, not blockades, as has been the case for the past five years", said Poposki.

According to him, Macedonia has one essential obstacle, which is Greece's opposition to the start of the accession talks for the fifth year in succession.

"We are on the same line with the European Commission and member-states that the accession talks should begin as soon as possible, because this is a way not only to protect the credibility of the enlargement process, but also to maintain the basic enlargement principle - stability, prosperity and good neighborly relations in a broader, Balkan context", underlined Minister Poposki. ik/13:25


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