No renegotiation of Prespa Agreement, nor with Bulgaria on EU, says Aggeler

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There’s not a renegotiation of Prespa, there’s not a renegotiation of movement towards the European Union. Those agreements have been made, United States Ambassador Angela Aggeler said when asked about Prime Minister Hristijan Mickoski’s statements about his readiness for new negotiations with Bulgaria.

“Let me be very clear. The Prespa Agreement was absolutely historic for this country. I recognize that it was extraordinarily difficult for many people in this country to accept the change of name. But it was an international agreement that the Government at the time and many others within the international community agreed to. We were certainly a part of that process, and we applaud it. This is something that helped North Macedonia move forward certainly right into NATO and has also provided many opportunities for it to make progress towards the European Union. We were very pleased to see that the new Prime Minister and his ministers said ‘North’ during their swearing-in. That’s critically important and a fundamental part of the Agreement, and we are watching very closely now to see how that is respected. But, as I have said before and as we have said, that within respect for the Prespa Agreement, which is critical, there is certain leeway, and the priority for us here in Skopje at the U.S. Embassy, and for Washington, is to now move forward on many of those very important priorities that this country should be talking about. I feel that there is a certain amount of distraction and scorekeeping of who says what when, and the important part is to respect international agreements, which the Prime Minister has said he will and then let’s move on and have these critically important conversations,” said the U.S. ambassador in an interview with Radio Free Europe -RFE/RL.

 

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