Macron: ready to mediate a solution between Skopje and Sofia

Macron: ready to mediate a solution between Skopje and Sofia

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he is ready to meet in Paris with Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski and Bulgarian President Rumen Radev to reach a bilateral agreement that would open northern Macedonia's membership talks. European.

Bulgaria, as an EU member state, used its veto in November 2020 to block Northern Macedonia from launching European membership talks.

France, which holds the rotating EU presidency until July 1, "has been supporting the search for a solution to the dispute for several weeks," said a statement from the Elysee Palace following Macron's telephone conversation with Kovacevski and Radev. .

During the conversation, Macron expressed "his full support for an agreement between the two countries, as well as respect for the fundamental rights of citizens who claim to belong to other communities or minorities."

Macedonian Prime Minister Kovacevski said on June 6th that there is still no proposal on the table from the French Presidency and that Skopje and Sofia need to find solutions to open issues.

Meanwhile, Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov said on June 7 that Bulgaria would do nothing under pressure regarding northern Macedonia, adding that he hoped Brussels would provide guarantees for Bulgarian demands if an agreement was reached between the two. countries.

The Macedonian authorities have asked Sofia to lift its veto, while in parallel with the start of membership talks, to negotiate the Bulgarian requirements and reach a solution by the end of the EU membership process.

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