The state Department said about the «historical chance» of Macedonia to integrate with the West

© AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, FileЗдание of the US state Department in Washington. Archival photoThe state Department said about the «historical chance» of Macedonia to integrate with the West© AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, File

The U.S. Department of state welcomed the outcome of the referendum on renaming and European integration of Macedonia, said in a statement.

«The United States welcomes the results of the referendum in the Republic of Macedonia, dated 30 September, in which citizens expressed their support for membership in NATO and the European Union, adopting the agreement between Macedonia and Greece,» — said in the message.

«The United States strongly supports full implementation of the agreement, which will enable Macedonia to take its rightful place in NATO and the EU, contributing to regional stability, security and prosperity» — said in the state Department.

«As the Macedonian Parliament is now beginning to discuss constitutional amendments, we urge the leaders to rise above party politics and to seize this historic opportunity to ensure a brighter future of the country as a full member of Western institutions,» concludes the Agency.

More than 90% of voters in an Advisory referendum about renaming of Macedonia was supported by an agreement with Greece and the country’s accession to NATO and the EU, this issue will now be considered by Parliament. While the turnout at the referendum was 36,36%, with a minimum threshold of 50%. Although the agreement on renaming solves the perennial dispute about the name of Skopje and opens the path to NATO and the EU, it has led to criticism both in Greece and in Macedonia itself. Many political parties in Skopje announced a boycott.

The state Department said about the «historical chance» of Macedonia to integrate with the West© Infographical two Macedonia: why we need a referendum

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