Tag Archives: Foreign Minister

Greek FM Kotzias: We Cannot Change Universal Right to Self-Determination

We cannot change the universal right the neighbours to be called Macedonians, at an individual or unofficial level, but we can call them however we want, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Sunday in an interview with Greek news agency ANA-MPA. He explained that when talking about at an individual level, “only a totalitarian state and a state with ...

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FM Dimitrov Interview with Al Jazeera Balkans

In an interview with Al Jazeera Balkans, Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said that the referendum will be successful and that the citizens will approve the agreement reached with Greece. “If there is just one vote more which is against, we are absolutely ready to raise our hands and say this is not the right path. Before big historical dilemmas, citizens ...

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New Democracy’s Bakoyiannis on ‘Macedonians’ and ‘Macedonian’ Language

Greek opposition New Democracy feels FM Kotzias has committed a mistake in allowing for the nationality ‘Macedonian’ and the ‘Macedonian’ language. Former FM Dora Bakoyiannis in a statement with Radio 24/7 said the nationality item could be ‘citizens of…’ instead of ‘Macedonians’. “All in New Democracy agrees that it was a big mistake by Mr Kotzias to grant the nationality ...

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PM Zaev Meets Outgoing Australian Ambassador Feeney

Opportunities for enhancement of bilateral cooperation, especially in the field of investments and economy, were in the focus of Monday’s farewell meeting between Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Australian Ambassador Julia Feeney.  Ambassador Feeney expressed support for Macedonia’s integration processes, which open the opportunities for a better life of country’s citizens, the Government said in a press release. Interlocutors also ...

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Greek PM Wishes for Successful Name Process

The neighboring country should first meet its obligations arising from the agreement and then, in January or February, we will hold talks with our coalition partner in order to move the process forward, said Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in reference to the opposite stance with junior coalition partner Panos Kammenos over the name deal. “Now we are waiting to ...

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Greek FM Assures Name Deal will be Ratified in Parliament

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has expressed confidence that the name agreement would get the green light from members of the Greek Parliament, including MPs from the junior coalition partner Independent Greeks. “The agreement with North Macedonia will be passed in Parliament. But, I want to make this clear – we are aiming at a majority of over 150 votes ...

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Screening Process to Start Next Week

The 14th meeting of EU-Macedonia Stabilisation and Association Council, chaired by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, was held Friday in Brussels. The meeting was also attended by Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn as the European Commission representative, while Macedonia’s delegation, led by Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, also included the Vice-Premier for European Affairs, Bujar Osmani. ...

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FM Dimitrov Partakes in Meeting of Global Coalition against Terrorism

Thursday FM Nikola Dimitrov partook in a meeting of member states of the US-led Global Coalition for combating terrorism and the Islamic State, within the second working day of the NATO Summit at the invitation of NATO Chief Stoltenberg and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “On this occasion Minister Dimitrov, presenting the national activities for tackling threats from terrorism and ...

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FM Dimitrov Meets US State Department Counterterrorism Coordinator

Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, who is a member of the Macedonian government delegation at the NATO Summit in Brussels, led by PM Zoran Zaev, held Wednesday bilateral talks with Nathan Sales, the US State Department’s Coordinator for Counterterrorism. The two interlocutors discussed international activities and the support of Macedonia to the global coalition for the fight against terrorism, the Foreign ...

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PM Zaev Addresses Panel at London Summit

The Skopje-Athens name, strategic partnership deal is the best contribution to new models of behavior for establishing friendships, relations between politicians and states, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Tuesday at the panel ‘Foreign Policy, Bilateral Disputes and Legacy Issues’, being held within the Western Balkan Summit in London. This deal put an end to long-standing differences that burdened the ...

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