Government in Skopje makes four important amendments regarding the issue of the name

Government in Skopje makes four important amendments regarding the issue of the name
Government in Skopje has approved today four constitutional amendments which relate to the country’s new name “Republic of North Macedonia” as part of the Prespa agreement.  According to government’s spokesman, Mile Bosnjakovski “tomorrow, MPs will have to decide about these amendments.” According to him, this is a historic opportunity for them as they will have to make a very important decision about the future of the country. The first constitutional amendment adds “Northern” to “Republic of Macedonia”.

The second amendment has to do with changes of the Constitution’s preamble which will include concrete documents from the Anti-Fascist Assembly of Popular Liberated Macedonia (ASNOM) which led to the formation of Popular Republic of Macedonia as part of the Yugoslav Federation. The third amendment underscores that sovereignty, territorial integrity and borders should be respected. This amendment also states that the country does not have territorial claims in neighbouring countries. The fourth amendment relates to the fact that authorities should care about Macedonians living abroad, without interfering in the internal affairs of the countries in which they live in. These amendments are part of the Prespa agreement signed in June, which puts to an end the long lasting contest between Athens and Skopje regarding the issue of the name. The approval of the constitutional amendments follows the referendum that was held on September 30th.

 

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