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Kolbow: Time has come to complete Macedonia’s EU accession talks June 18, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Germany, Macedonia.
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The current Macedonian Chairmanship with the Council of Europe is very important for the country’s success in the name row, chairman of the German-Macedonian Association Walter Kolbow told a Macedonian Television program.

According to him, the country, which has the leading role regarding human rights in Europe and worldwide, is not at fault for its own name.

Kolbow stresses Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele is right when he says it would be practical if Macedonia started EU accession negotiations together with Iceland.

He reminds on the 2004 German Bundestag resolution, which says that Macedonia has the right to choose its own name.

“The name issue must be tackled at a debate at the next session of the EU Council, even if Greece opposes this”, says Kolbow.

Kolbow emphasizes time has come to complete Macedonia’s EU and NATO accession negotiations, adding “Macedonia must become member of both structures”.

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