North Macedonia: Mass demonstrations in Skopje for the agreement with Bulgaria

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Effervescence prevails in North Macedoniaas thousands of citizens poured into the streets and in many cities, such as Skopje, and protested the agreement which the country achieved with Bulgaria.

The rallies are supported by the largest opposition party, VMRO-DPMNE, which strongly opposes the proposal, claiming it “favors Bulgarian demands that endanger the country’s history, language, identity and cultural heritage”. A similar rally will be held tomorrow night in Skopje.

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The President of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, spoke today in favor of the proposal tabled by the now-expired French EU presidency. According to Stevo Pentarovski, the proposal does not undermine the national identity and language of North Macedonia. The country’s president also noted that a possible “yes” to the proposal on the part of Skopje should not be perceived in the country as either a triumph or a complete defeat.

Dimitar Kovacevski’s government in Skopje has started extensive internal consultations yesterday on the “French” proposal, considering that it “constitutes a basis for building a national strategy that can lead to the disengagement of the country’s European perspective”.

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Dimitar Kovacevsky said that the government will announce its position on the proposal after the consultations are completed.

As part of these consultations, Kovacevski met today in Skopje with the leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Christian Mickoski, with the latter reiterating that the proposal is highly damaging for the country and must be rejected by the government without a second thought.

Here are Associated Press photos from the rallies:

Source: News Beast

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