North Macedonia’s Foreign Ministry affirms commitment to Prespa Agreement

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North Macedonia’s Foreign Ministry on Monday issued a statement affirming the country’s “unwavering commitment to fully respect constitutional provisions and all internationally assumed obligations,” including the Prespa Agreement signed with Greece.

The statement came a day after North Macedonia’s newly-elected president, Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova, sparked a diplomatic spat with Greece by referring to her country as “Macedonia,” rather than the constitutional name “North Macedonia.”

North Macedonia's new President, Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova
North Macedonia’s new President, Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova. Photo: Robert Atanasovskis/AFP via Getty Images.

At the time, Greece’s government pointed out that the new president’s deliberate avoidance of the country’s constitutional name was a “gross violation” of the 2018 Prespa agreement and warned of consequences in bilateral relations and for North Macedonia’s prospects of joining the European Union.

In response, North Macedonia’s Foreign Ministry on Monday urged “all political stakeholders, particularly elected officials, to exercise caution.”

“Upholding the Euro-Atlantic trajectory of the country remains a paramount strategic interest and serves as a guarantee for its long-term security and stability,” it said in a statement.

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