European Western Balkans

Dimitrov: The EU membership process and the name dispute to run in tandem

Nikola Dimitrov; Photo: Tanjug / AP Photo / Petros Giannakouris

LONDON – Macedonia hopes it has done enough to convince the European Union to start accession talks despite the name dispute with Greece still hasn’t been solved, announced yesterday the Head of the Macedonian diplomacy, Nikola Dimitrov for Reuters.

“If we have enough in terms of reform at home, we hope we will reach that stage (to start EU accession talks) and deal with the name issue in parallel,” Dimitrov said.

Regarding the aspirations for an entry into NATO, Dimitrov said that an integration is possible only through a dialogue.

-We cannot fight our way into the NATO alliance, we have to talk our way in. We need to be seen in Athens as an ally. In the long run, it is also in the Greek interest to have a law-governed neighbor to their northern border – said Dimitrov.

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