June is the best opportunity to find a solution with Bulgaria and lift the veto, despite the fact that there is an interim government in Sofia, Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani said today. He dismissed claims that the current government in Sofia has no power to resolve such issues, saying – yes, it is the guardian, but it is not the state election commission, but a government. He also informed that intensive communication with him has already been established.
“We approached with a request to meet, to hold the intergovernmental committee meeting, to adjust the action plan, but, of course, we are working with our friends and supporters to unblock the process,” Osmani said.
He added that the country is trying in every way to restore trust with Bulgaria and is of the opinion that the only way to return relations between the two countries to normal is to return to the Friendship Agreement itself.
“We will return to the Agreement if we hold the first intergovernmental conference, giving a summary of what has been implemented so far in the Agreement and we will make an action plan for what we should implement in the coming period. “We are trying to do this as a minister for the next six months,” Osmani said.
He noted that this would require the approval of the Annual Report of the Committee on Historical Issues, which, as he said, “was approved almost yesterday”, so he believes that one of the conditions for holding the Intergovernmental Conference has been met, although Minimal technical corrections should be made to this report, as well as harmonization with the action plan.
According to Osmani, there is a serious preventive commitment of the Portuguese Presidency with the EU and serious efforts to overcome the disagreements between Skopje and Sofia, and in this context is tomorrow’s visit of the Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva with the Commissioner. EU Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi.
“We are waiting for the Portuguese minister tomorrow and we hope he will present proposals and ideas on how to overcome this blockade and restore trust between the two sides,” Osmani said today.