Merkel in Skopje: September 30 is a historic opportunity

German chancellor Angela Merkel, visiting Skopje on September 8, told a joint news conference with Prime Minister  Zoran Zaev that the referendum concerning the name dispute which will be held on September 30 is a historical opportunity for the country and its citizens.

“The referendum is an opportunity for your country’s EU and Nato perspective. More work is needed, but the September 30 referendum is a prerequisite. This is a historical opportunity that doesn’t come so often,” the German chancellor said.

Merkel said that Germany had delegated an advisor for economic affairs to offer support for the reforms in the country. The German chancellor was also asked about the idea of territory swaps between Pristina and Belgrade, to which she answered that Germany and Europe wanted a stable region, where the territorial integrity of each country is respected.

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