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Mickoski: Zaev signed capitulation, I will vote “against” name change in referendum

Opposition VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski has cancelled a trip, planned meetings for tomorrow and called on Prime Minister Zoran Zaev to immediately hand over to him the agreement on the name dispute with Greece.

‘At the onset he (Zaev) was against altering of the constitution. Afterwards he accepted a geographic identifier to later on convince the citizens of Macedonia that a constitutional revision and the solution Ilinden Macedonia were confirmation of the identity,’ Mickoski told a press conference on Tuesday.

Zaev, he said, wishes to ‘smuggle’ the agreement, as he as Prime Minister announced it earlier as a historic achievement.

‘This is a rather exhibitionist behavior at the stake of own country. We demand for Zaev to urgently hand over to us the so-called agreement he intends to sign. This is not the right solution, but a capitulation,’ Mickoski said, pointing out once again that his party would not accept constitutional revision for changing of the country’s name.

Answering journalist questions, Mickoski said that there must be a compulsory referendum, not consultative and that he would vote against the name change.