The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the parliamentary arm of the Council of Europe, has welcomed the FYROM name agreement, describing it as an invaluable contribution to the stability of the region.

The signing of the agreement to solve the name issue in ?the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia? has raised, in the country, ?immense hopes? of achieving Euro-Atlantic integration, and boosted the authorities’ intention to pursue reform after a two-year political crisis, according to PACE’s co-rapporteurs for post-monitoring dialogue with the country.

In an information note declassified on Friday, following a four-day visit to the country in June, Lise Christoffersen (Norway, SOC) and Valeriu Ghiletchi (Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD) said that at this ?historic moment? they expected all political parties and authorities involved in the process to ?play and active and responsible role? to allow the referendum on the deal to take place in good conditions.

They hoped the FYROM President of the Republic would respect the will of the people expressed through the referendum, and urged that the President’s use of a ?pocket veto? should be clarified in order to avoid similar situations in the future.

"During our visit, we commended the goodwill and courageous steps taken by two Council of Europe member States, ?the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia? and Greece, whose deal is an invaluable contribution to the stability of the whole region," the note said.