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FYROM retracts on Zaev comments

With a new official announcement, the FYROM government regrets if its comments were understood in any other way. This after PM Zaev spoke of "Macedonian" being taught in Greek schools, in future.

The official announcement:

“We are strongly committed to full implementation of Prespa agreement, and all of our actions and statements are made in good faith to support the agreement.

As a country that aspires to join the EU, we understand that countries take care of their own citizens and countries in the Balkans do not intefere in neighboring countries on any given issue.

We want to underline article 4(3) of the Prespa agreement that we commit not to interfere in the internal affairs of Greece, including for the protection of rights of any persons that are not our citizens.

In that sence, it is understood that language policies in both countries are not determined by the Prespa agreement.

We understand and respect that the question of what languages are taught in Greece is an issue of internal affairs and domestic policy.

PM Zaev is fully committed to a policy approach that brings European values in the Balkan region and is committed to improving good neighborly relations. We regret if his comments were understood in any other way”.