Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Wednesday the signing of the Friendship Treaty with Bulgaria was not a mistake but the right thing for the country, a historic act and beneficial for the state. He expects future policies to produce a solution within a reasonable period, which is in the interest of both nations and countries.
“No, I do not believe it is a mistake, but quite the opposite – it is the right thing for the country to conclude such agreements, seeking solutions as guarantees for our European path, which is our strategic commitment but also in the people’s interest to build friendships and avoid quarreling. The Macedonian identity and the Macedonian language have never been and will never on the negotiating table, because this is our self-determination right, our European value, and I expect Bulgaria to clearly recognize the Macedonian people and the Macedonian language without any reserves and blackmail, just as friends do,” said PM Zaev during a Q&A session in Parliament. Zaev was answering a question of VMRO-DPMNE MP Aleksandar Nikolovski, saying the Treaty is a historic act of reaching out to a neighbor.