FYROM: Still no consensus over the solution of the name dispute

FYROM: Still no consensus over the solution of the name dispute

There’s still no consensus in FYROM concerning the issue of the name dispute, at a time when a new round of talks is expected to start this month or at the beginning of April.

PM Zoran Zaev has expressed his optimism that a national consensus will be reached between all sides.

“We’re hoping to reach national consensus on this issue”, PM Zaev said.

According to him, the government and opposition stick to their positions regarding the name contest.

The leader of the opposition party, VMRO-DOMNE, Hristijan Mickoski says that this party has not change its positioning and that for now, he rules out any possibility of reaching national consensus.

“VMRO-DPMNE will not support changes in the Constitution concerning the country’s name change, while we don’t accept to talk about issues such as the language and the nation”, Mickoski said.

Former social democrat prime minister, Vlado Buckovski says that consensus between all political forces, especially between large political parties is necessary.

“If political leaders harmonize their stances, then our position will be stronger in the final negotiations”, former PM Buckovski says.

Albanian political parties and associations have demanded for consensus to be multi-ethnic, in order to have a name which reflects the reality in FYROM. They demand for the name to be able to be translated and for Slav elements to be left out. /balkaneu.com/