site.btaPM Kovachevski: Constitutional Changes Will Put an End to "One Nation in Two States" Thesis
The changes in the constitution (of the Republic of North Macedonia) will finally put an end to the thesis that it is about one nation in two states, for the first time the constitution will clearly distinguish not only Macedonians but also Bulgarians, so that this thesis will be put to rest once and for all, Prime Minister of North Macedonia Dimitar Kovachevski told journalists in Moldova on Thursday, where he is participating in the European Political Community Summit.
In his words, North Macedonia needs political decisions to allow the opening of the clusters of negotiations with the European Union, while the country's strategic goal is full EU membership by 2030 and the planned meeting with the chairman of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party, Hristijan Mickoski, is aimed at taking decisions to ensure a better future for the citizens. Kovachevski reiterated the positions of diplomats from EU countries and US Senator Chris Murphy that there is no possibility for the country's negotiating framework, adopted by the 27 EU member states, to be the subject of new negotiations.
The inclusion of Bulgarians in the constitution of North Macedonia is written into the negotiating framework and is a condition for the continuation of the country's EU membership negotiations, but it can be changed with a two-thirds majority in the 120-member parliament in Skopje, and the government does not have the necessary votes, as VMRO-DPMNE is adamant that it will not vote for these changes.
“North Macedonia needs integration into the European Union, not isolation, I am a rational optimist, I believe in the goal and I am working to achieve it,” Kovachevski said at the end of the summit in Chisinau, adding that if the constitutional changes do not happen, the country will return to the period from 2006 to 2016 and instead of integration will fall into isolation.
In the meantime, VMRO-DPMNE chairman Mickoski reiterated that "in this parliament and under Bulgarian dictates" the opposition party's MPs will not vote on the constitutional changes.