Macedonia vows to hold peaceful name referendum on Sept. 30

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-05 01:25:05|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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SKOPJE, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Macedonian government will be taking necessary measures to create a peaceful atmosphere for the upcoming referendum on the name agreement with Greece, Macedonian Minister of Interior Affairs Oliver Spasovski told media on Tuesday.

"We are making all necessary preparations to create a peaceful atmosphere for the citizens to make a decision on their own in the upcoming referendum," Spasovski said.

According to Spasovski, Macedonia is in the midst of a historic moment ahead to the referendum.

European Union (EU) and NATO membership, according to Spasovski, will bring numerous benefits and guarantee security to the country.

"Through the EU accession, Macedonia will be able to use 260,000 euros (301,113 U.S. dollars) daily in European financial assistance," said Spasovski.

Spasovski made the statements during his visit in the municipality of Veles where he held discussions with representatives on mutual cooperation and restoration of trust between the local community and police.

On Sept. 30, Macedonia will hold a referendum on NATO and EU membership bids and on its agreement with Greece on the country's name.

Macedonian citizens will vote in the referendum on the question: "Are you in favor of NATO and EU membership, and accepting the name agreement between Macedonia and Greece?"

Macedonia is formally called the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) by the United Nations. Macedonia is also the name of a northern province in Greece. Athens is worried that the use of the same name by the neighboring state could lead to territorial claims.

The solving of the name row that has existed between two countries is seen as the main obstacle Macedonia has to overcome in order to make progress towards the European Union (EU) and NATO integration.