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Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 

Committee on European Affairs endorses draft-law ratifying name agreement

Committee on European Affairs endorses draft-law ratifying name agreement

Skopje, 19 June 2018 (MIA) - Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov elaborated Tuesday the process of settling the name dispute and the agreement reached with Greece before members of the Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, who later endorsed the draft-law ratifying the name deal.

FM Dimitrov said these days are historic for Macedonia, while the agreement demonstrates responsibility and patriotism.

The fast-track procedure for the agreement's ratification results from next week's General Affairs Council in Luxembourg.

"It is important to do everything possible so that we notify Greece on time, and afterwards Greece notifies the Council that it has no remarks over the Macedonia's EU accession," said Dimitrov.

According to him, the decision to close the issue was taken without any pressure from the West.

"The new policy of accountability brings prosperity and greater security in Macedonia. The settlement of this dispute is also good for our collective mental health," added Dimitrov.

VMRO-DPMNE MPs were absent from the Committee session due to their opposition to the name agreement.

The Parliament is set to ratify the agreement at a plenary session on Wednesday. ik/17:16

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