President Ivanov refuses erga omnes name solution

A solution to Macedonia’s name under ‘erga omnes’ condition is not acceptable for President Gjorge Ivanov, his office said in a press release on Wednesday, ahead of a meeting with the head of diplomacy, on which he is supposed to be briefed on the negotiations with Greece.

With this message, President Ivanov basically announces that he will not sign the agreement that, according to the framework agreed between the ministers Nikola Dimitrov and Nikos Kotzias, should be adopted with an absolute majority in parliament, which will be confirmed only after the referendum, because it will have the weight of an international agreement. Such an announcement comes from the cabinet before deciding which name is on the table between Macedonia and Greece and which, theoretically, can be acceptable for us, even if it is the Republic of Macedonia, which makes his move hasty and detrimental to the name talks.

‘The President’s stance is one of principle and at the same time coincides with the positions of all Macedonia’s Presidents thus far. His stance is that he doesn’t accept a solution to the name issue for overall use or erga omnes,’ the press release reads.

It also notifies that Ivanov is set to meet Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov on Thursday.