Zaev: A solution with Bulgaria is possible if both sides want it

The Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia Zoran Zaev reiterated that neither he nor the EU had received guarantees from Bulgaria to veto the country’s accession process to the Union, stressing that the working groups are still working and that a solution can be found if both parties want it

“We did not receive any guarantees from Bulgaria during the Slovenian organization of the EU-Western Balkans Summit, nor did the EU receive any guarantees. The messages were clear and I believe President Radev understood them. I believe that bilateral issues, we must sit down bilaterally and resolve them. Working groups are still working. I believe that the harmonization of the texts will be achieved, this issue will be resolved, because these are solvable issues, that is, I will say that it is simple, that the abbreviation of the name is the same as the long name, North Macedonia is same with the Republic of Northern Macedonia, that we have no territorial claims against any of the neighbors. Of course, we have no territorial claims against the Republic of Bulgaria, Zaev said in response to a journalist’s question at a government press conference.

I believe, said Zaev, that if a solution is found, it will be found if both sides want it.

“If one side wants to continue to exclude and do so, it remains on the same page. We certainly need the support of Bulgaria, it is one of our first neighbors, an eastern neighbor. Aside from friends, we often call them brothers and sisters who help each other, they find no way and reason to block each other. Bulgaria is a member of the EU and the EU without a country can not make a decision, but I am convinced that the logic of politicians outside the electoral process, in calm waters, at a more stable time will prevail and prevail in so that we can write a beautiful story, which we will leave to young people, children and future generations, said Zaev.

Asked about the statement of “Macedonians” in Bulgaria in which they want to stop unprincipled compromises with this country, Prime Minister Zaev stressed that it is neither European nor right to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.

“We must do what all other countries do whenever citizens call in other countries, and this is a call for respect for international agreements for all and always claiming their rights before the European Court of Human Rights. “It is not European, it is not a good neighbor, it is not friendly for us to get involved in what is happening in Bulgaria, nor do we want anyone to be involved in our country,” Zaev said.

He added that our constitution says that the country should not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. He stressed that this is mentioned in the Good Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation Agreement, which also reiterates that it should not interfere in Bulgaria’s internal affairs.

He stressed that he does not see Bulgaria’s request for the inclusion of the Bulgarian national group in our constitution as interference in our internal affairs. That, he said, is the right of every country to demand it, as it is our right to decide whether we will do so.

“It is also the right of Bulgaria, as here, if it will respond to the statement published by the citizens there, citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria for certain opinions or proposals. If we really want to be European, we have to look at things in a European way. “If we want to return to the fact that we are the center of the world and everything revolves around us and we are the most important in the world, while we do not respect all our neighbors, the rest of the world, that is another matter,” said Zaev. ./ ibna

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