European Western Balkans

Ivanov walks out of a meeting with Zaev and Dimitrov, Hahn: Reaction inappropriate

Gjorge Ivanov; Photo: European Union

SKOPJE – Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov tried to inform President Gjorge Ivanov of the name agreement reached with Greece, but the president’s office say the meeting lasted two minutes.

In a statement sent by the government, it reads “Prime Minister Zaev and Foreign Minister Dimitrov had a constructive attempt to present and discuss the content of the agreement, but President Ivanov interrupted and abandoned the meeting and refused to discuss the benefits of this historic agreement on the Macedonian future “.

It is inappropriate for the head of state to refuse to talk with the prime minister or with the foreign minister, in order not to receive first-hand information, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn said in an interview with MIA.

“I think the prime minister and the foreign minister have fully respected the constitutional guidelines and I can only urge the president to take responsibility immediately. This is not a matter of acceptance, but in a democracy we can expect to hear people discuss among themselves and should not forget that the head of state is in some way a model for many people in the country. The president, directly elected, has a special position and responsibility, and he should be aware of this, otherwise he hurts the office of the president”, Hahn says.

He also told the opposition that they should carefully study the agreement.

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