Government in Skopje has approved today the proposal for constitutional amendments regarding the country’s new name “Republic of North Macedonia” as part of the Prespa agreement. The government’s spokesman, Mile Bosnjakovski said that tomorrow, MPs will have their say about these amendments. According to him, this is a historic opportunity for them to decide about the future of the country.
The first constitutional amendment adds “North” to “Republic of Macedonia”. The second amendment has to do with changes of the Constitution’s preamble which will include concrete documents from the Anti-Fascist Assembly of Popular Liberated Macedonia (ASNOM) which led to the formation of Popular Republic of Macedonia as part of the Yugoslav Federation. The third amendment underscores that sovereignty, territorial integrity and borders should be respected. This amendment also states that the country does not have territorial claims in neighbouring countries. The fourth amendment relates to the fact that authorities should protect the interests of Macedonians living abroad, without interfering in the internal affairs of the countries in which they live in. These amendments are part of the Prespa agreement signed in June, which ends the long lasting contest between Athens and Skopje regarding the issue of the name. The approval of the constitutional amendments follows the referendum that was held on September 30th. /ibna/