The organization of a referendum on the Treaty of Friendship with Bulgaria is detrimental to the European integration of the Republic of North Macedonia. This is what the Prime Minister of our south-western neighbor, Dimitar Kovachevski, said on the occasion of the decision of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE to hold a referendum on the annulment of the Treaty of Friendship from 2017, signed by Boyko Borisov and Zoran Zaev, BNR reports.
According to Kovachevski, the initiative of VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristiyan Mickoski pursues “personal and party interests of Mickoski himself”. He noted that the opposition was not present in the National Assembly in Skopje and did not vote during the ratification of the 2017 Treaty.
Kovachevski believes that this initiative has no support, neither among the citizens nor among the opposition political formations.
The signatures for the referendum organized by VMRO-DPMNE will begin to be collected tomorrow at noon, and according to Mitkoski’s statements, the party deputies will be the first to sign the lists.
VMRO-DPMNE announced the question of the referendum as follows: “Are you in favor of dropping the Law on Ratification of the Treaty of Friendship, Good Neighborliness and Cooperation between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Bulgaria”.
According to Mitkoski, “Macedonian identity has been attacked by the Treaty of Friendship with Bulgaria and that the progress of the RSM in the negotiations with the EU will depend on the negotiations of the historical commission”.
“We have nothing against the Bulgarians being part of the constitution, but how does Bulgaria show that it is a good neighbor”, asks Mickoski and adds: “they persistently claim that the Macedonian language of the Macedonians does not exist”.
He called the 2017 Treaty of Friendship and Good Neighborliness a “poisonous tree”.