Joint statement

by the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the European Council Donald Tusk on the consultative referendum in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia¹

  • 01 Oct. 2018 -
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  • Press Release (2018) 115
  • Issued on 01 Oct. 2018
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  • Last updated: 02 Oct. 2018 21:18

The name agreement between Athens and Skopje has created a historic opportunity for the country to join the transatlantic and European community as an equal member. This would change the life of the people of the country and that of their children for the better.

In yesterday’s consultative referendum, an overwhelming  majority of those voting supported that path. It is now in the hands of politicians in Skopje to decide on the way forward. The decisions they take in the next days and weeks will determine the fate of their country and their people for many generations to come. We  encourage them to seize this historic opportunity. 

  1. Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.