VMRO-DPMNE opposes the agreement, but does not call for boycott

Hristijan Mickoski; Photo: VMRO-DPMNE

SKOPJE – Leader of Macedonia’s main opposition party VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski, stated today that the Agreement with Greece in unacceptable to them, but that each citizen should act in accordance with his or her belief.

After a long speech, during which he called Prime Minister to a TV duel, Mickoski stressed that the Agreement with Greece about changing the country’s name is a document that he and VMRO-DPMNE do not accept.

“We remain firm on the stance that we are against this Agreement because we have stated this previously, and everyone knows that this agreement will change the Constitution of Republic of Macedonia, it will change the institutional identity as a key segment of one nation’s national identity, one state, the travel documents will be changed including the personal documents. This agreement will make the UN Resolution, the Interim Accord and the Hague verdict disapper”, said Mickoski.

He added that this position does not make him an opponent of Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic integrations.

“I stress that VMRO-DPMNE chooses NATO and EU memberships. These are our friends and partners. The Republic of Macedonia must not have any other future than the one directed towards these organizations. But at the same time, we are against the Agreement because it does not reflect the interests of the Republic of Macedonia and it opposes the Constitution and this country’s principles”, he said.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev stated that he will accept the call for a TV duel when Mickoski clearly rejects the referendum boycott. “Macedonia’s future deserves discussions on this issue, and therefore boycotting the country’s future is not a ground for any talks”, he said, MIA reported.