Responsibility to be assumed for the failed referendum - President Ivanov in an official visit to the Czech Republic
Thursday, 04 October 2018 12:59

PRM_Zeman_01If there is a very low turnout in the referendum, this can mean three things: boycott, indifference or poorly defined question. Which of these three things is valid for Macedonia should be clear to those who organized it, said the President of the Czech Republic, Mr. Milos Zeman, at the joint press conference with the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, who is paying a two-day official visit to the Czech Republic.

President Ivanov stressed that we cannot freely interpret the Constitution and the laws, and they clearly state what a successful and what a failed referendum is.

- The fact is that we have a failed referendum. Any other interpretation cannot change the figures that are fixed and known. That is why I called for responsibility. To all those who visited Macedonia, and we had many foreign representatives who visited Macedonia in the past, I pointed out that this would happen. The European Union and NATO cannot be alibi for a bad and harmful agreement. You cannot accept an agreement in which there is a provision that there will be a referendum, without providing a national consensus in the state. You cannot accept a change of the Constitution without providing a two-thirds majority in the Parliament. Therefore, I pointed out that someone should be responsible for this, and we know who that is. With responsibility assumed, it will be easier to continue this process, which is very sensitive, very complex and has been holding Macedonia hostage for 27 years due to the irrational demands of its southern neighbor, the Macedonian President said.


Regarding the NATO and EU membership, President Ivanov stressed that Macedonia is a victim of double standards and that the Agreement with Greece does not contain guarantees that it will be respected by the Greek side and at the same time reminded that Greece does not respect either the Interim Accord or The Hague verdict.

- There are no guarantees in the agreement. The Agreement was negotiated personally by the Prime Minister, without the President of the state. We, as a state leadership in Macedonia, have built a national consensus in the past years. That was the position of the previous presidents. In the Parliament, a declaration was adopted in 2008. We accept a solution, but we have never accepted a change in the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia for changing the constitutional name, President Ivanov answered a journalist question.

Asked to comment the Agreement with Greece, President Zeman said he did not want to interfere in Macedonia's internal affairs, but called on both sides to resume negotiations. "It can take a long time, but we hope that this dispute will be resolved", Zeman told a press conference.

The two presidents also discussed the possibilities for deepening the cooperation in the field of security, with Ivanov thanking for the support and assistance from the Czech Republic during the migrant and refugee crisis.

- It is in the interest of the Czech Republic. Keep in mind that defending the border is important not only for migrants who pass by. Today, no one denies that among the migrants there are jihadists and foreign soldiers returning to Europe. I support the right of Macedonia to protect its borders. They are not just its borders, but are boundaries of a whole civilized Europe, said the Czech President, Mr. Milos Zeman.

The two presidents discussed the promotion of the economic cooperation between the Republic of Macedonia and the Czech Republic.


Meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres
Thursday, 27 September 2018 16:29
Bilateral meetings of President Ivanov within the 73rd UN General Assembly
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 07:47

The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, attended yesterday the opening of the general debate of the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.  The topic this year is: "Making the United Nations relevant to all people: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies".

In the framework of the UN General Assembly, the Macedonian President held bilateral meetings with Jordan's King Abdullah II with, Vladimir Voronkov, UN Under Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism and Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Holy See's Secretary for Relations with States.

At the meeting with the Jordanian King Abdullah II, opinions were exchanged on the overall bilateral relations between the Republic of Macedonia and the Kingdom of Jordan, and it was mutually agreed that the two countries nurture friendly and partnership relations without open issues.

President Ivanov stressed the interest of the Republic of Macedonia for further promotion of bilateral contacts through meetings at a higher level, as well as the need for more frequent contacts and exchange of delegations from both countries at different levels.

At the meeting, President Ivanov said that the Republic of Macedonia closely monitors the developments in the region and supports efforts for achieving lasting peace in the Middle East.

The two interlocutors exchanged views on the internal political situation and the regional situation and priorities of the two countries.

President Ivanov stressed the interest of the Republic of Macedonia in promoting economic cooperation and expanding the volume of trade in all fields, which, as pointed out at the meeting, requires institutional support from both countries for establishing contacts and exchange of information between the business sectors.

At the meeting, the two interlocutors expressed readiness for further cooperation and support on a multilateral level.

vornokov1At the meeting with Under Secretary Voronkov, views and information were exchanged on Macedonia's role in the fight against international terrorism, constant and direct threats from terrorist networks.

At the meeting, President Ivanov conveyed the interest of the Republic of Macedonia for participation of civilian and military personnel in the United Nations bodies that create policies for dealing with global threats.

Under Secretary Voronkov thanked for the participation of the Republic of Macedonia and its contribution to the comprehensive strategy for combating terrorism and fighting violent extremism, emphasizing that in the next period, he will propose appropriate package for institutional strengthening of the Balkan countries and participation in projects for greater security.

vatikan2At the meeting with Archbishop Gallagher, opinions on the overall bilateral relations between the Republic of Macedonia and the Holy See were exchanged, and satisfaction with the increased dynamics of meetings and high level visits was expressed.

The two interlocutors exchanged views on the ongoing initiatives aimed at deepening mutual cooperation.

Archbishop Gallagher welcomed the fact that, although the Catholic community in the Republic of Macedonia is small, it is still highly respected, assessing it as a confirmation of the Macedonian model of interreligious coexistence.

Stressing that the Republic of Macedonia has a profound tradition of respecting different religious sentiments, President Ivanov stressed the constructive role of the Catholic Church as an important pillar of inter-ethnic and inter-religious coexistence.

President Ivanov expressed hope that Pope Francis will accept the open invitation to visit the Republic of Macedonia, which would be of great importance for the promotion of bilateral relations, for the Catholic community in the Republic of Macedonia and in general for all Christian believers.

President Ivanov is scheduled to address the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations on Thursday.

President Ivanov at the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:41
President Ivanov in New Jersey: It depends on us whether we will preserve the decision of the referendum in 1991, or we will cease to exist as a nation
Monday, 24 September 2018 09:44
President Ivanov in Detroit: To say the Republic of Macedonia is neither shameful nor fearful
Monday, 24 September 2018 08:58

No politician has a term to negotiate the identity of a nation. The majority of Macedonian citizens did not vote for a program that stipulates a change of the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia for the purpose of changing the constitutional name of the state. So, neither the current government got the people's mandate to change the identity, to give up of the Diaspora, to erase history and memory, said the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, during the visit to the Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral, Nativity of Virgin Mary in Detroit.

"The Republic of Macedonia is a permanent benefit. But with the agreement with Greece and the upcoming referendum, that lasting benefit is now being relativized. As if it is not understood that by relativizing the permanent, we also relativize us as nation. This agreement attempts to humiliate us, as no nation has ever been humiliated. They want to make us foolish, believing that we do not know what our name is", President Ivanov said, reiterating his stance that he will not vote in the referendum on September 30th.

detroit_1"Revivalists fought for freedom from spiritual slavery. Revolutionaries fought for freedom from political slavery. Are we now, after all these sacrifices, entering into a new slavery? Will we deny the freedom to call ourselves according to our own name. Will we be constrained to say the Republic of Macedonia exists, fearing if we mention the Republic of Macedonia not to offend someone? To say the Republic of Macedonia is neither shameful nor fearful", President Ivanov said.

The Macedonian President attended liturgy and consecration of the fresco painting in the church, and visited the children of Macedonian origin who study Religious Studies.

"When you write, speak and create in Macedonian, you actively participate in the construction of our ideal homeland. Macedonia is a homeland of the old Slavic ecclesiastical language. Our duty, as Macedonians, is to keep and continually improve our Macedonian language. Therefore, my appeal to you today is not to forget the Macedonian language. To teach your children, to encourage your loved ones, to be an example and encouragement for the Macedonians in the Diaspora, but also in the Republic of Macedonia", President Ivanov told the representatives in the church community in Detroit.

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