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Thursday, September 20, 2018, 

Ivanov: Agreement is detrimental, will not sign it

Ivanov: Agreement is detrimental, will not sign it

Skopje, 13 June 2018 (MIA) - President Gjorge Ivanov said Wednesday the name agreement reached with Greece is detrimental for the Republic of Macedonia, adding he would not sign it.

In a TV address, President Ivanov said the agreement reached between Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras abandoned the country's positions that the Constitution would not be changed and refusal of the erga omnes aspect.

According to him, the agreement is detrimental and unique in the history of mankind, violating the Constitution and the laws, undignified and reached in a non-transparent way.

"The Government did not have the strength and courage to initiate the building of a common stance and consensus. The entire process lacked transparency and the end result is a testimony of this. The text is detrimental for the Republic of Macedonia," said Ivanov and explained that the change of the constitutional name is accompanied by a change of the Constitution's preamble and all articles mentioning the Republic of Macedonia.

He asked whether it was dignified to accept all Greek requests and ultimatums, saying more issues are now opened rather than closed, causing unforeseeable consequences for Macedonia and its people.

The President said EU and NATO should not serve as an alibi for the agreement, which "does not unite the society, but additionally polarizes it".

"Greece has managed to impose its requirements to the fullest, degrading the acquired rights within the UN, trampling on the legacy of our ancestors. The 73-year-long right of self-determination and the 27 years of independence are quashed. Everything that is sacred to the Republic of Macedonia is dishonored," underlined Ivanov. ik/17:46

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