Escobar to visit Skopje after the vote on constitutional amendments failed

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The United States Deputy Assistant Secretary and Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Gabriel Escobar, is set to visit N. Macedonia on Thursday. Escobar will meet with President StevoPendarovski, the President’s Office informed the media.

Escobar is also expected to meet with Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski, as well as with the leader of VMRO-DPMNE, HristijanMickoski.

Escobar’s visit to Skopje comes after the beginning of the parliamentary procedure for the adoption of the constitutional amendments adding the Bulgarians to the Constitution, as a prerequisite for the continuation of N. Macedonia’s EU accession talks and the holding of the second intergovernmental conference.

The plenary session on the need to amend the Constitution began on August 18. The session’s agenda was adopted with 70 votes “in favor”. After the end of the discussion, Parliament Speaker TalatXhaferi adjourned the vote until a two-third majority is secured.

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