VMRO-DPMNE Leader Calls Name Dispute Settlement "Capitulation"

The leader of the Macedonian opposition party VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski, described the recent deal for renaming the former Yugoslav republic as “capitulation.”

The Macedonian news outlet Plus Info reported on the comment. When asked about his meeting with Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Mickoski commented on the recent events surrounding the new name of the country:

“We had a short meeting with the premier Zoran Zaev. It was short because we had no topic. The whole conversation was depleted yesterday and today.”

The opposition leader added: “I have nothing to add, I said everything straight up during the two press conferences I gave yesterday and today. So, there aren’t any new moments that we can say to one another, except to repeat that for me this is a capitulation, a contract of capitulation for the Republic of Macedonia.”

Mickoski questioned the process of negotiating the naming dispute: “They privatized and monopolized that process. Now they faced us with a finished fact to comment on the capitulation. But we said earlier today, that we will use all democratic and legal means that we have at our disposal to stop that.”

Mickoski also claimed that Macedonia’s president, Gjorge Ivanov, shared the VMRO-DPMNE position on the name change.

Macedonia's PM, Zoran Zaev, announced that the country will hold a referendum on the name change.

Alex Dimchev

Alex Dimchev is a writer, editor, and weapons master for EUscoop.com

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