FYROM: International community calls for approval of the Prespa agreement in Parliament

FYROM: International community calls for approval of the Prespa agreement in Parliament

The international community has launched an appeal for politicians in the country to approve the constitutional amendments stemming from the Prespa agreement, which put an end to a long lasting conflict between Skopje and Athens.

NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg said that Skopje must now decide on further steps. “Your country has the chance to become a NATO member in 2019, but the agreement should be implemented”, Stoltenberg said.

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has called on political forces in the country to continue with the implementation of the Prespa agreement through the country’s institutions.

“It’s very important that a large majority of those who voted have voted in favour of the Prespa agreement. We call on all political forces in the country to implement the agreement in the country’s institutions”, Guterres said.

Germany’s Foreign minister, Heiko Mass said that now, the sides should focus on how to approve the agreement in parliament. “I call on all political forces in Skopje and Athens to seize this historic opportunity and implement the agreement”, said the head of the German diplomacy.

Following Sunday’s referendum, PM Zoran Zaev declared that talks will be held with the opposition to secure the necessary 80 votes for the approval of the Prespa agreement, otherwise, the country would head to elections. /ibna/