Dimitrov attends Conference in Athens, discusses Prespa Agreement

The Prespa Agreement, the bilateral relations between Macedonia and Greece, and Macedonia’s integration in the EU were one of the main topics discussed at the “Europe: Leaving the indecisiveness behind”, a conference organised by The Economist, which was attended by Macedonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov. Speaking about the Macedonian-Greek relations, Dimitrov pointed out that both countries should be proud on the good news echoing from the Balkans. “We cannot change geography or history, but we can build a future. Work should continue in the same direction, and the Prespa Agreement is an agreement, signed and ratified between the two countries and is part of international law. I consider that we should continue to work in the same direction with the new Government. I think there will be field of opportunity to build trust,” Dimitrov said, expressing hope that the new Greek government will not make steps that will jeopardise the Prespa Agreement, or Macedonia’s integration in NATO or EU. Greece’s Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis voiced hope that there will be room in the future to make the agreement “more useful for both sides in the coming months and years through the EU’s accession process to the northern neighbour.” At the sidelines of the conference “Europe: Leaving the indecisiveness behind” in Athens, Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov held a meeting with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides. At the meeting, Dimitrov and Christodoulides reached an agreement for establishment of diplomatic bilateral relations between Macedonia and Cyprus on 29 August, during the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the EU that is to take place in Finland.