The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria signed a treaty on good neighbourliness on 2 August. Commenting on this, Foreign Minister Gabriel said: “In signing the treaty, the two countries are sending an important message as regards successful bilateral and regional cooperation in the Balkans.”
Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia began negotiating a treaty on good neighbourliness in 1999. Foreign Minister Gabriel welcomed the achievement of consensus on outstanding questions, following many years of unsuccessful negotiations, and said it was remarkable that the signature had been achieved less than two months after the new Government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia took office.
Constructive cooperation with all neighbouring countries is important
The treaty on good neighbourliness that has now been signed removes Bulgaria’s concerns about the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia joining NATO and the EU. With a view to the future, Gabriel said he trusted that the new Government in Skopje would continue to pursue this form of constructive cooperation with all neighbouring countries.
The German Foreign Minister also welcomed the endeavours by the new Government to finally launch the reforms urgently needed for EU accession, following years of standstill. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will face great challenges in implementing these reforms.