Referendum Observation Mission with Bulgarian Participation Launched in Macedonia

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe officially launched the referendum observation mission, which will be on 30 September in the Republic of Macedonia, BTA reported. 13 experts and 20 long-term observers will be deployed around the country in teams of two people from September 5.

The main observer team will have representatives from the United States, Norway, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, France, and Slovakia.

The head of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Jan Petersen commented that they would not interfere in the process. OSCE will be asked to provide 250 short-term observers who will arrive a few days before the referendum.

EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn commented that Macedonian citizens should decide - isolation or EU integration. The newspaper "Večer" reported that in an interview for Alfa television the VMRO-DPMNE chairman Hristijan Mickoskihas commented that if the question of the referendum does not get the support of the citizens, “Zoran Zaev and his government will become completely illegitimate”.

In an interview for the newspaper “Panorama”, the Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati wished Macedonia a successful referendum.

The Macedonian Parliament scheduled a referendum on the name agreement between Macedonia and Greece on 30 September. It will cost the country about EUR 3.4 million.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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