There are no guarantees that this will be the last amendment to the Constitution, VMRO-DPMNE leader HristijanMickoski told Belgrade-based newspaper “Politika” in an interview, accusing the Macedonian diplomacy of failing to ensure better positions and guarantees that there will be no new obstacles on the country’s Euro-integration path.
“What are the guarantees that this amendment to the Constitution, which is being demanded from Macedonia now, will be the last one? That there won’t be another demand for a constitutional amendment tomorrow, redefining identity issues or a new minimizing and erasure of ASNOM as the foundation of Macedonian statehood. Certain signals are emerging from Bulgaria which are openly denying the Ilinden Uprising and its character and, yet again, there was no reaction about this from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” said Mickoski.
Asked about the messages of high EU officials, such as JosepBorrell, the Visegrád foreign ministers, the U.S. Secretary of State, and others, that the amendment to the Constitution is the only way for North Macedonia’s prosperity within the European perspective, Mickoski reiterated VMRO-DPMNE’s position.
“If constitutional amendments were a condition for the EU, then Macedonia would have been a member and a champion of the EU, because in the past thirty years we have amendment the Constitution as often as all member states together. We are making this clear to our partners from the international community. Partnership is a two-way street, based on respect. The EU’s institutional guarantees would be a small step for them, but great encouragement for us that the European path is not a moving target, but something achievable,” said the opposition leader.