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Skopje, the National Security Council meets for the "French proposal"

Skopje, the National Security Council meets for the "French proposal"

The President of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, today convened the National Security Council to discuss what is known as the 'French proposal' for resolving disputes with Bulgaria that would pave the way for North Macedonia's integration into the European Union. The proposal has fueled a lot of political debate in Skopje.

Mr. Pendarovski said that the proposal is acceptable to him. He recommended the government to add a sentence to the document, stating that "from the moment of the opening of negotiations with the EU until their conclusion, if there will be an effort by any party, Bulgarian or anyone else, to language and Macedonian identity are affected, then Macedonia should not wait, but withdraw from the talks", as he said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski met with the leader of the Macedonian opposition, Hristijan Mickovsi of VMRO-DPMNE, regarding the issue of the French proposal.

The government authorities say that this is the best proposal that has been offered to North Macedonia and that "with this, what the country has been trying to achieve for years is won".

But critics accuse the government of giving in to the demands of the Bulgarian government and according to them the proposal will change the truth about a number of historical figures of the Macedonian people.

The opposition led by VMRO-DPMNE protested last night and called for new protests against the government, which it accuses of betraying the interests and the Macedonian people.

The proposal, although made public on the government's website, is not clear to the general public. Although the necessity for changing the constitution and establishing the Bulgarian minority is emphasized in the Preamble before the start of negotiations between the EU and North Macedonia, other conditions from the Good Neighbor Agreement between Skopje and Sofia reached in 2017 are interpreted according to political approaches./VOA

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