Macedonia’s Referendum on the Prespa Agreement

Heather Nauert, the State Department's spokeswoman and under-secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs (© Alex Brandon/AP)

Press Statement

Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 30, 2018

The United States welcomes the results of the Republic of Macedonia’s September 30 referendum, in which citizens expressed their support for NATO and European Union (EU) membership by accepting the Prespa Agreement between Macedonia and Greece. The United States strongly supports the Agreement’s full implementation, which will allow Macedonia to take its rightful place in NATO and the EU, contributing to regional stability, security, and prosperity.

As Macedonia’s parliament now begins deliberation on constitutional changes, we urge leaders to rise above partisan politics and seize this historic opportunity to secure a brighter future for the country as a full participant in Western institutions.