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Zaev: Macedonian-Greek desire to solve name issue must succeed

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There is no better time to speak about an open society than the current moment. These days we are making crucial steps in solving the 25-year-long name dispute. We are faced with this challenge so that Macedonia and its citizens move forward. We have said that 2018 will be a year of big reforms that will bring Macedonia into the EU, thus putting Europe in Macedonia, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in an address at the conference marking the 25. anniversary of Foundation Open Society Macedonia on Monday.

He said the energy dedicated to open issues with neighbors has changed the perception about the Republic of Macedonia, while the friendship built with Greece during this delicate and sensitive process would help solve the name dispute.

“The region must not allow the return of another backward cycle. That is why this joint Macedonian-Greek desire to solve the 25-year-long dispute must succeed. This is a struggle where a prosperous future will be built on the foundations of the past. We are aware that the world is carefully monitoring our joint initiative. I am grateful for the support by the international community and our friends who are giving their personal contribution into making this historic opportunity a success, for the sake of our countries, the region and Europe,” said Zaev.

According to him, the open society has a chance in Macedonia and we all need to invest and use it.

“In this spirit, the Government will continue to demonstrate commitment and focus on finding a definite solution to the name dispute. We have never been closer to a solution and the friendship between the two countries and nations has never been bigger. We will invest all efforts to exhaust the maximum benefits from this historic chance. The future is far too important to leave it in the hands of the enclosed and dark alternative. We must oppose divisions, populism, isolation, and the mentality that everybody is our enemy. It is very important for citizens to know that the choice is not between the centre-left or the centre-right political option, but between open and closed society,” underlined PM Zaev.