The prime minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, stated on Nov. 26 that Europe had solved its issues in a European way, and that the Balkans should solve its issues in a European way if it wants to move forward on the EU path.
"To not forget, but forgive. To extend the open hand and look through the prism of the future. Because we must live today, but also secure the future for the next generations," Zaev said in response to a reporter's question about why he referred to Bulgarian occupational forces during World War II as "administration" in an interview to the Bulgarian agency Bgnes.
Zaev said he had seen the Macedonian public's negative reactions to the interview and that he understood them, but stressed that leaders should lead the country and make the next step.
"I completely understand the feelings of some fellow citizens. However, they share the same history with me... But that past history must not limit us in paving the way of our European future," stated the prime minister of North Macedonia.