“It is necessary to build a national consensus over the name issue and many of those elements of national consensus are not clear right now, Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said Tuesday.

‘We are working intensively on building a consensus, which should include citizens, political factors, institutions, all. The process is open and ongoing. It is important that this process be completed because in such a way Macedonia’s position will be stronger,’ said Dimitrov.

He stressed this at Tuesday’s briefing for European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Macedonia, with Dr. Florian Bieber, Professor of Southeast European History and Politics and Director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria and Coordinator of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG)

Dimitrov said the name issue is of such nature it cannot be solved without the citizens.

Commentating on the statement by Parliament Speaker Talax Xhaferi that Parliament has the legitimacy to decide in the direction of resolving and avoid holding of a referendum on the name, Dimitrov said the referendum is an election promise of all major parties.

‘The issue has such a nature that you cannot solve it sustainably if you do not ask citizens and if there is no consensus. If there are inter-party battles, our position will weaken,’ Dimitrov said.”(translated from Nova Makedonija)