Kovacevski and Petkov could overcome obstacles

New leader of SDSM (Social Democratic Union of Macedonia) Dimitar Kovacevski. [EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI]

Macedonia’s Prime Minister-designate Dimitar Kovacevski said he aims to build a concrete and friendly relationship with Bulgaria’s new Prime Minister, Kiril Petkov, who announced his visit to the country on 18 January.

The press release by the government’s information service in Sofia says that the visit will mark a new beginning in developing bilateral relations and will map out the next steps the two governments will undertake to resolve outstanding issues between the neighbouring countries.

Petkov is quoted as saying that “we need to change the understanding of what it means to have the Republic of North Macedonia negotiating with the EU and of being part of the EU in the future; we should speak about all benefits that Bulgaria and the Republic of North Macedonia stand to gain from this process”.

“The rapprochement and cooperation between the two countries in all areas of life is an important precondition for removing doubts and misconceptions. I am ready to open a new page in the relations with Bulgaria and to build a sincere friendship and a better future for both countries,”Kovačevski said to MIA.

The voice of hatred should be silenced. We really have more similarities than differences as countries and we have to concentrate on the common interest. Only with this approach will we be remembered as leaders who overcame the Balkan conflicts with a European approach. Through a policy of mutual respect, building a future, cooperation and compromises.”

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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