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Mogherini – Hahn Joint Statement Following Parliament Vote

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn welcomed in a joint statement the Parliament’s decision to initiate constitutional changes towards implementation of the Prespa Agreement.  “Today, the Parliament took a very important step towards the implementation of the Prespa agreement through the vote launching the ...

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NATO Sec Gen Welcomes Parliament Decision

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has welcomed the Parliament’s decision to initiate constitutional changes arising from the Prespa Agreement.  “I welcome the vote by parliament in Skopje on the proposed constitutional changes. It’s up to the government and political leaders to complete national procedures on the name agreement and seize this historic opportunity to bring the country into NATO,” tweeted Stoltenberg. ...

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Outgoing and Incoming Greek FMs Rejoice at Parliament Vote

Today is a day of joy for the incoming and the outgoing foreign minister of Greece following Friday’s outcome of the vote in the Macedonian Parliament over the initiative for constitutional revision. Despite the resignation, outgoing Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said they are happy, MIA reports from Athens. The handover of the post from Kotzias ...

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Skopje Basic Court 1 Receives Verdict against ex-PM Gruevski

The Basic Court 1, also known as Criminal court, announced Friday that it received the second-degree verdict from the Appellate Court Skopje regarding the Tank case i.e. the purchase of a Mercedes in the amount of almost 600.000 euros. The court states that the Appellate Court’s verdict will be sent for a further procedure at a judge for sanctions who ...

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Lungescu: Country has Historic Chance to Join NATO

NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu told MIA after the start of Macedonia’s Alliance accession talks on Thursday that the country now has the historic opportunity to become a part of the Euro-Atlantic family, provided it implements the Prespa Agreement. “The country made an important step today by starting the two-day accession talks at the NATO Headquarters. The negotiations cover security, defense, ...

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Tzanakopoulos: Government Committed to Prespa Deal

Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos in an interview with Greek national broadcaster ERT on Thursday said that Prespa Agreement is not only alive, but is also the government’s main political goal. He said that the political message of government session on Tuesday is that the Greek government is committed to Prespa Agreement. “I consider both Mr. Zaev and Mr. Tsipras ...

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PM Zaev on Greece’s Commitment to Agreement and MPs Vote Friday

We remain committed with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras over the perspectives of the new Balkans in the 21st century. A region of friendship, cooperation, economic growth and happier citizens, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Thursday. PM Zaev was referring to Wednesday’s telephone conversation with his Greek counterpart and following the resignation of Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias. Zaev said Tsipras ...

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US State Department Official Urges Leaders in Macedonia to Seize Opportunity

We urge leaders in the Macedonian parliament to rise above partisan politics and seize this historic opportunity to secure a brighter future for the country, US State Department official told Greece’s state-run news agency ANA-MPA. In regard to the resignation of Greece’s FM Nikos Kotzias, the US State Department thanked the Greek official for his dedicated service to improving Greek-US ...

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MEPs Kukan and McAllister Statement on Constitutional Amendments Debate

Following the debate in the Assembly of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on constitutional changes to implement the Prespa agreement Members of the European Parliament Mr David McAllister and Mr Eduard Kukan issued the following statement: “We understand the difficult choices related to the implementation of the Prespa agreement. However, we trust that all political actors will use this ...

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FM Dimitrov Letter to Kotzias on Resignation

Macedonia’s FM Nikola Dimitrov wished success to Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, who resigned on Wednesday and promised commitment in the process of finalizing the Prespa Agreement.  “In only one year, we managed to achieve something that in the past 27 years was considered to be impossible – we brought our two countries closer and we signed the historic Prespa ...

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