- Sunday, September 16, 2018 3:55 PM
Skopje, 16 September 2018 (MIA) - We have been dreaming for 27 years and today we are a step from achieving our dream - securing the European future for our children and future generations, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told a crowd in downtown Skopje on Sunday.
Coalition Together FOR European Macedonia staged a march FOR European Macedonia that started near the Parliament and finished in front of the EU Delegation building.
"This is the responsibility of our generation. The future of our Macedonia and our children depends on us. No one else can make this decision for us," said PM Zaev.
He said preserving the country's future is the biggest patriotic act, adding there is no alternative to NATO and EU.
"Having in mind the past 27 years, we have taken this bold decision, putting Macedonia before all parties. We have reached an agreement and gained a friend. The agreement is fair and both sides have equal benefits. This deal secures perspective, friendship, development and European future," noted Zaev.
According to him, identity and language have not only been preserved, but also enhanced.
"Greece has recognized and accepted our Macedonian identity and language. We have found a formula how to acknowledge ourselves and build future on the foundations of the past. We have written European history. Be proud of this agreement, because it fulfills the eternal aspirations of our grandfathers and great grandfathers," said Zaev.
He urged people to show the world that Macedonia respects friendship.
"Friends have come from the entire globe, offering friendship and telling us that NATO and EU await. The keys to the EU doors are in our hands, we are the architects of our future," stressed Zaev.
September 30, the PM said, is a day of choice, a day of action, not a day to stay at home.
"September 30 is a day to write history, for European Macedonia," underlined Zaev.
Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi said everyone should go out and give future generations a country that is not burdened by history, geography, a homeland equal for all.
"Our country deserves to benefit from the Euro-integration process, because an EU and NATO member-state nurtures the values of co-existence, fosters the people's ethnic, lingual and cultural identity, while difficulties are overcome through collective solidarity," said Xhaferi. ik/15:52
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