Gerberich: Government and opposition to implement will of the people and come out of EU and NATO waiting room

Skopje, 9 October, 2018 - 17:34 (META) 

With over 91% of the votes ‘for’, voters in Macedonia have clearly voted for the European path and further EU and NATO perspective for their country. Even though, unfortunately, only 37% of the official number of voters took part in the referendum and did not achieve the official quorum, German Ambassador Thomas Gerberich said on the occasion of the National Unity Day.

“Whatever mathematics are used to calculate the number of voters, I am sure that the majority of the Macedonian population expressed their will to finally come out of the EU and NATO waiting room. It is now up to the government and the opposition to jointly implement the peoples’ will and by changing the constitution approve the path of their country in the direction of NATO and the EU and to show their political responsibility so that this time Macedonia is not blocked in the long run and for the country to be in Europe but in isolation, “says Gerberich.

He said in his speech that Germany is and remains to be the most important trade partner of the Macedonian economy with bilateral trade, which is expected to reach 4 billion euros at the end of the year.

THP against new controversial Kosovo ambassador, Gjergj Dedaj

Skopje, 7 August, 2018 - 16:43 (META) 

The Macedonia Turkish Movement Party (THP) has sent a letter to President Gjorge Ivanov and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov asking that they prevent the appointment of current Deputy Foreign Minister of Kosovo, Gjergj Dedaj, as ambassador to Macedonia.

“The Macedonian Turkish Movement Party, as well as the entire Turkish population in Macedonia, and beyond, with a great deal of disappointment and bitterness, received the news that the new ambassador of Kosovo to Macedonia will be Gjergj Dedaj. Mr Dedaj, while serving as deputy minister to Kosovo repeatedly made scandalous, insulting and completely fascist statements regarding the Turkish people. We categorically believe that a person who has this kind of fascist and primitive mentality should in no case be an ambassador in a country that makes every effort to foster and promote a multi-ethnic society as a huge benefit,” reads the letter.

The party, which is led by Enes Ibrahim, says that by accepting Dedaj as an ambassador “will result negatively on the multiethnic relations in our country and the region, but will also negatively affect our friendship with Turkey.”

Gjergj Dedaj provoked a fierce reaction from the public in Kosovo last month, following a post on his Facebook profile titled “Witches of the Balkans”, in which he said that Turkey and Serbia, through their emissaries, are trying to “return” to Kosovo and demanded “the remnants of these invaders be eradicated from Kosovo and from lands of George Castriot. ”
MPs from Group 6+ and the people’s choice of smaller ethnic communities in the Kosovo Parliament, urged Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj to dismiss Dedaj as Deputy Minister last week over his insulting statements regarding the Republic of Turkey.

“Yahya Kemal” college a terrorist organization, claims Turkish Ambassador

Skopje, 8 May, 2018 - 21:07 (META) 

“Let’s fight this terrorist organization”, said Turkish ambassador to Macedonia, Tulin Erkal Kara when referring to the private school “Yahya Kemal”. Her comments came while she promoted the “Marif” Foundation yesterday in Skopje, reports

She went further as she appealed to parents to enroll their children in the “Marif” Foundation, warning “if they do not want to be terrorists in the future”.

“I appeal to all of you and the public, to come, all of us together, and register our children in the schools of the Marif Foundation. If we, as parents, do not want our children to be the terrorists of the future, then we should direct them to the schools of “Marif” because “Yahya Kemal” does not represent us. Come and fight this terrorist organization, in an effective way, and not just on a declarative level”, said Kara. requested a comment from the Turkish Embassy in Macedonia concerning Ambassador Kara’s statement, but did not receive an answer to their question: “Does the Embassy have the same opinion as Ambassador Kara and does this means that children who study at “Yahya Kemal College” are terrorists?”

The Ministry of Education and Science did not want to comment on Kara’s statement either, however they did report that the “Marif” Foundation is not a school and does not work in accordance to legal provisions. As for Yahya Kemal and all other schools, the ministry stated that if they work in accordance with the law, they will run smoothly.

“All schools registered in Macedonia must work in accordance with legal provisions and specifications, and in this regard, the control of all private and state schools, as in the case of the Private Gymnasium “Yahya Kemal” is the same as all other schools. The “Marif” Foundation was not established in accordance to the legal provisions set out in the field of education. The Ministry of Education and Science can not comment on the statements made by the ambassador”, the MES told

The government, however, refused to answer the question “whether they will ask for evidence and arguments from the Turkish Ambassador to Macedonia, Tilin Erkal Kara regarding her statement and whether they agree with her claim that – “Yahya Kemal” is a terrorist organization?”

Stoltenberg: Russia does not decide on Macedonia’s NATO membership

Brussels, 26 April, 2018 - 16:50 (META) 

Today, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that only Macedonia and the 29 Alliance members can decide on the country’s membership in the Alliance, reported MIA.

At a press conference the day before the meeting between NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, Secretary-General Stoltenberg asked to comment on the statements of the Russian ambassador to Macedonia that the country would become a “legitimate target” in the event of a conflict, if it became a NATO member, and said it was a show of force.

“The whole idea that Russia will not accept certain countries to become NATO members is an idea of the spheres of influence where the great powers are controlling the smaller states and that is in contradiction of everything NATO stands for. First, I think that it is important that every nation has the right to decide its own path and security arrangements; this is a fundamental principle for NATO. It is up to Skopje to decide its own path and whether it wants to join NATO. Macedonia and the 29 NATO allies decide on this, and nobody else has a say in this process”, replied Stoltenberg.

According to the MIA correspondent, Stoltenberg said that he welcomes the progress in negotiations over the name dispute and is being informed about it.

Expelled Russian diplomat leaves Macedonia to the sound of ‘Proshchaniye Slavyanki’ patriotic march

Skopje, 2 April, 2018 - 17:41 (META) 

The Russian diplomat who was expelled by Macedonian authorities over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, UK, left this morning through Skopje International Airport, reports TASS.

The expelled diplomat and his family were escorted from the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the sound of the patriotic march “Proshchaniye Slavyanki“.

They arrived at Skopje Airport accompanied by a group of his colleagues, led by Ambassador Oleg Shcherbak.

Last week, Shcherbak said at a press conference, that the move to expel a Russian diplomat from Macedonia, as a first step in bilateral relations, is a rash step. He believes that Macedonia was put under pressure from abroad, and that the move would not go without a proper response from Russia.

Shcherbak: Russia disappointed by VMRO-DPMNE’s reaction to expulsion, counter measures to be expected

Skopje, 30 March, 2018 - 9:44 (META) 

The statement made by VMRO-DPMNE Vice President Nikoloski, is an expression of the inconsistent policy of part of the leadership of that political party, and as a result of such a policy, VMRO-DPMNE lost the elections. However, I know that more than a handful of members of one of the biggest parties are actually sincerely determined to develop constructive cooperation and mutual relations with the Russian Federation. This was stated by Ambassador Oleg Shcherbak while answering a question from “Meta”, regarding yesterday’s statement by Alexandar Nikoloski on “Alsat-M” TV, on the show “200” that the government’s move to expel a Russian diplomat was right. He said that it was disappointing for Russia, considering the intensive cooperation between the two countries during VMRO-DPMNE’s.

At today’s press conference, the Russian ambassador said the move to expel the Russian diplomat from Macedonia, as a first step in bilateral relations, is a ruthless step, and that Macedonia has obviously been put under pressure from abroad. However, the move will not be left without an adequate response from Russia.

“The Macedonian side did not provide us with evidence, nor does it want to provide evidence or in some way confirm that the expelled diplomat was involved in certain activities that emerge from his diplomatic status. The decision by the Macedonian government causes deep regret in our country. This decision is unfounded and unprecedented in overall relations between the Republic of Macedonia and the Russian Federation. Government officials in Skopje decided to take an unfriendly step under the influence from abroad, but this does not absolve the Macedonian side from responsibility”, said Shcherbak.

Hoyt Yee dismisses rumors that he will be the next US Ambassador to Macedonia

Sarajevo, 9 December, 2017 - 18:55 (META) 

One of the main interests of the United States in the Western Balkans is to help the countries of the region to integrate with the rest of Europe and build a prosperous, democratic and stable future, said US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Hoyt Brian Yee.

At the same time, he dismissed articles of certain media outlets that he would be the new US ambassador to Macedonia, adding he was “satisfied with the work he is currently doing”.

Thimonier: France supports Macedonia in building a lawful state and unitarity

Skopje, 15 July, 2017 - 17:23 (META) 

A quarter of a century, France has been supporting Macedonia to strengthen the state and its unitarity and helping them building a lawful state, which is a condition that applies to all future integrations into which the country legitimately has been striving for, the Ambassador of France in Macedonia said in his speech at the official reception of the National Day of France, yesterday.

At the reception in Macedonsko Selo, Timoni emphasized France’s efforts to implement the necessary reforms in Macedonia and Europe, which will become complete, when the countries join from the Western Balkans.

“This year, the French holiday is in the hallmark of a shared hope that will further unite us, the hope for a European future that our two peoples have expressed, giving them a new road sign, the one for implementing the necessary reforms, building space for peace and for prosperity, a common ambition for what Europe should be. Europe, which will not be complete, as our President Macron wrote in a letter to President Ivanov, until the countries join from the Western Balkans. This is a huge task that is waiting for all of us and for which we are still and will always be on your side. It is not just Europe on highways and tenders, aid and subsidy, but Europe with common values that we wish for all of us, and which, we, the French, celebrate with you, today. The values of our motto are: freedom, equality, brotherhood”, the French Ambassador said.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the President of the Parliament were at the reception, Talat Xhaferi and Ministers as well, as foreign Ambassadors, mayors and religious dignitaries also attended.

Dimitrov: The procedure to send Nikolovski as an Ambassador to the EU will be stopped

Skopje, 21 June, 2017 - 15:14 (META) 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov announced that the procedure for sending Aleksandar Nikolovski as an Ambassador at the EU’s headquarters in Brussels has been stopped.

-The procedure will be stopped. Basically, the procedure has been stopped, as this is more political folklore or political-party folklore. Who will he be representing if at the moment he is a secretary for an International cooperation of a political party? Is going to be representing the political party or the Republic of Macedonia especially in a big center that is one of the first strategic goals – said Dimitrov.

The Macedonian Foreign Minister holds the opinion that the practice of sending politicians as ambassadors must stop.

-I think that in Macedonia, the practice of sending politicians as ambassadors must stop. We have made this mistake several times and I think we have to make an agreement as a society and as a political system not to do this anymore – said Dimitrov.

Ahmeti – Baily: The reforms and the rule of law are the priorities of the new government

Skopje, 27 May, 2017 - 10:50 (META) 

DUI is dedicated to the reforms in the country, starting strongly from the reforms in the judiciary and the rule of law. Through the implementing the reforms, Macedonia will help in the returning of the international focus and the urgent integrations of the country into NATO and commence the negotiations for a membership in the European Union. The other priorities of the new government will remain the good interethnic relations and the Ohrid Agreement along with the improvement of the life standard, the economic development, and opening new jobs, said DUI’s party president, Ali Ahmeti during today’s meeting with the US Ambassador in Macedonia, Jess Baily, said DUI.

During the meeting at the US Embassy, Ahmeti has expressed a conviction that Macedonia shall have a new government next week.