Siljanovska-Davkova: I don’t see that I violated the Prespa Agreement, I believe in freedom of speech


Macedonian President Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova believes that she did not violate the Prespa Agreement when she made the solemn oath in the Parliament, and when she refused to pronounce the constitutional name of the country.

“I respect the Prespa Agreement – I don’t see that I’ve violated it. Furthermore, the Prespa Agreement itself explicitly states that the name agreed upon in the agreement will be used in documents and communication. So, I don’t see this as a violation. I neither tore up statement nor said that I wouldn’t respect the Constitution, nor did I say I would terminate the Prespa Agreement. One thing is that I criticized the Prespa Agreement because of the procedure of its adoption, due to its inconsistency with the United Nations Charter. However, it is a legal fact, it is reality, and I will respect it,” Siljanovska-Davkova said.

The head of state stresses that she also believes in the freedom of expression of thought, self-identification, and self-determination, which she stresses can not only be collective and pertain to peoples but can also be individual.

Asked whether this could affect our EU perspective, she noted that this question should be directed to the Greek side. Siljanovska-Davkova also pointed out that the country has amended its documents for internal use and referred to a provision of the Prespa Agreement stipulating that it should be implemented five years after its entry into force, and also after the opening of the first chapter.

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