Trosanovski: The memorandums signed with Sofia are nothing without political will for a solution

Marko Troshanovski
Marko Trosanovski, analyst / Morning briefing

The intention of the Prime Ministers of Macedonia and Bulgaria Dimitar Kovachevski and Kiril Petkov to first talk and create conditions for economic and cultural cooperation, and then to resolve open political issues, according to most analysts, is good, but it takes time to see if it is honest and sustainable. Marko Trosanovski from the Institute for Democracy "Societas Civilis" sees the new development of relations between Skopje and Sofia as a symbolic step that can relax tension and create a constructive atmosphere for further work, as well as an attempt to annul the negative part in both societies, ie those forces that do not want to resolve the dispute.

- Memorandums of cooperation were signed, but these are only documents of intention, they are not binding documents and will not mean anything if there is no political will to further realize those intentions. We saw that with the Prespa Agreement, after which there were signed memoranda of understanding for certain cooperation, which then did not materialize. The two prime ministers really have an authentic intention to bring societies closer and create conditions for resolving the dispute, but they also have problems, especially the Bulgarian prime minister, in securing those agreed solutions with the support of the governments themselves and a majority in parliaments. It remains to be seen whether the stated intentions and assessments will really bring a step forward or are just a purchase of time. "There are destructive forces in both societies, but they are especially visible in Bulgarian society where Russian influence is still great and a strong nationalist narrative is nurtured," Troshanovski told Sloboden Pecat.

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