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Macedonian Parliament ratifies the Treaty of Good Neighbourly Relations with Bulgaria

Borissov and Zaev; Photo: Flickr / Macedonian Government

SKOPJE – With 61 votes in favour, Macedonian Parliament ratified the Treaty of Friendship, Good Neighbourly Relations and Cooperation between Macedonia and Bulgaria.

Speaking on behalf of the proposer, the Government of Macedonia, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov urged MPs to vote for the ratification of the Treaty because “it is necessary to influence the future and create friends.”

“Today we will do an important thing if you support ratification. In countries in our region, who are burdened with history, we can only act for the future. It is good that both countries decided to get out of their comfort zone. It is nice to treat our neighbours as equals, and to create friends,” said Dimitrov.

The Bulgarian Prime Minister, Bojko Borisov and the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs this afternoon have greeted the ratification of the Agreement for friendship, good neighbourly relations and cooperation between Macedonia and Bulgaria that occurred today at the Macedonian Parliament.

“I greet the Parliament of Macedonia, that ratified today the Agreement for friendship, good neighbourly relations and cooperation between Macedonia and Bulgaria. This shows the wish for building modern, European relations of friendship and trust is mutual” wrote the Bulgarian PM.

He also noted that Bulgaria will continue to give its support for Macedonia’s European integration path.

“With this act, the will for building good neighbourly relations is being confirmed, and that is an important element of the European perspective for every country of the Western Balkans. The Republic of Bulgaria will continue to be active with its support for Macedonia’s European integration. This is a strategic decision of our country that is also rooted in the priorities of the Bulgarian presidency with EU’s Council” it is stated.

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