A successful referendum means peace for Kosovo

Skopje, 12 September, 2018 - 16:33 (META) 

After meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci called on the citizens of Macedonia to vote in favor of the referendum, adding that a successful referendum would mean peace for Kosovo.

“The future of Kosovo and Macedonia is to aim for the EU and NATO. Kosovo gives its support for Macedonia to move forward towards NATO for a European future. I urge the citizens to participate in the referendum and vote for Macedonia in NATO. This is a historic moment, an opportunity to be seized,” said Thaci.

The President of Kosovo also touched on the relations between Belgrade and Pristina, pointing out that it will not be easy for the process alone to make a historic final decision and to resolve issues between Kosovo and Serbia, but that’s why dialogue exists.

“You have concluded the agreement with Greece, now it is Kosovo and Serbia’s turn to find a solution by dialogue. You know that this will not be an easy process to make a historic final decision to resolve the issues between Kosovo and Serbia, but that’s why dialogue exists. We have many barriers, but I am optimistic, because it is better to reach an agreement now rather than three decades later. I will make a huge effort to reach an agreement with Serbia which means reciprocal recognition,” adds Thaci, who says he has assured Zaev that a possible settlement between Kosovo and Serbia will not be by blasting neighboring countries.

He added that Macedonia welcomes dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade, which it considers key to the stability of the region.

Zaev and Brnabić have scheduled a joint government session for February or March

Belgrade, 21 November, 2017 - 13:27 (META) 

At today’s meeting, in Belgrade, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić agreed that the governments of Macedonia and Serbia would hold a joint session at the end of February or at the beginning of March.

At the plenary meeting, the delegations of the two countries discussed intensifying about some of the joint projects and also regarding the project cooperation for completion of Corridor 10, construction of the Budapest-Belgrade-Skopje railroad, and Vranje-Kumanovo gas connection, as well.

According to the government pres service, Zaev pointed out that the economic cooperation in the investments area could be deepened, as well as the support for business initiatives in information technologies, innovative companies, technology parks and innovative technologies.

According to him, cooperation in digitalization has the potential to facilitate customs formalities, roaming-communication and greatly make the connections easier between the two economies, businesses and other projects.

The two leaders discussed co-operation between the two interior ministries, for joint border control and tackling migrant processes, as well as progress within the communities of Serbs and Macedonians in the Republic of Macedonia and in the Republic of Serbia.

After the meeting, the Serbian Prime Minister pointed out that Zaev’s visit is important for the whole region.

“Regional cooperation and regional integration is very important, because without peace and stability in the region there is no European integration in the Western Balkans”, said Brnabić, adding that several important agreements will be signed at the joint government session.

According to Brnabić, the visit of the Macedonian Prime Minister is a good sign, which speaks that all mutual open issues could be solved through dialogue.

Zaev and Vučić had a “long and open” conversation and agreed on dialogue and cooperation

Skopje/Belgrade, 23 August, 2017 - 15:14 (META) 

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić had a “long and open” conversation on the telephone today, where they discussed all the “emerging circumstances” in the relations between the two countries.

In a joint statement after the conversation, Zaev and Vučić they had agreed on five points.

They agreed that Macedonia and Serbia will resolve any eventual disagreement in their relations solely through dialogue, and that together they will fight not only for the preservation, but also for the promotion of friendly relations between the Serbian and Macedonian people and the citizens of Serbia and Macedonia.

The Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Serbia will make even greater efforts for further improvement of the economic relations and increase of trade between the two countries.

“The Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Macedonia, in accordance with international public law, will, in good faith and on a friendly basis, protect the rights and interests of the diplomatic and consular missions on its territory,” reads the statement.

Russian MFA: The protesters opposed the “impostors”

Moscow, 28 April, 2017 - 17:21 (META) 

Today the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed concern about yesterday’s violence in Parliament, and according to them, the prime reason for the violence was the “effort of the opposition through blatant violation of the procedures to elect a Parliament Speaker.” As a result of that, the ministry says,  chaos occurred which involved protestors that stood up to the “impostors”, who some of which were hospitalized.

The Russian MFA remarked that “the incident was planned previously” and that it is yet another indicator of outside interference in the internal affairs of Macedonia.

“Official representatives of the European Union, the ambassadors of some European countries and the ambassador of the United States unhesitatingly praised the new “Parliament Speaker” who is, incidentally, a former field commander in the so-called pro-Albanian National Liberation Army. This well-coordinated and quick response, doubtless, attests to the fact that these developments had been planned in advance, with the covert connivance of “foreign curators” of the Macedonian opposition. This once again confirms the fact that the current domestic political crisis in the Republic of Macedonia has been mostly caused by blatant interference in the domestic affairs of this country,” said the Russian MFA.

Furthermore, they said that “subsequent developments along this scenario, attempts to change the country on the basis of the so-called “Tirana platform” are fraught with even greater risk, and the situation might escalate into a conflict, including an inter-ethnic conflict.

The European Union appeals for dialogue in Montenegro

Podgorica, 25 October, 2015 - 12:25 (META) 

The EU Delegation in Montenegro, expressed concern over clashes between police and demonstrators during protests in Podgorica and appealed for political dialogue to be restored.

“We expect that the responsible authorities will investigate all incidents effectively and in accordance with the principles of the rule of law. While demonstrations represent a legitimate and legal way to express political and other opinions, they should be peaceful and in accordance with the law”, said the EU statement.

The EU delegation appealed to all political parties, to re-engage in constructive dialogue in the Parliament of Montenegro.

Last night in Podgorica riots developed from protests organized by the opposition, the Democratic Front,near the Parliament of Montenegro, as protesters tried to storm the Parliament building, they clashed with police.

Poposki for RFE: Recommendation is threatened due to the blockade of the Assembly

Скопје, 25 March, 2015 - 16:45 (META) 

Accession high-level dialogue between Macedonia and the European Union has never ceased. It takes place just as the reforms in all areas covered take place, says Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki in a statement on “Radio Free Europe”.

Asked whether the recommendation for Macedonia to join the EU is threatened, Poposki replied:

“Certainly, the recommendation is threatened. Macedonia won’t start negotiations without the consent of the 28 member states of the EU. One of them has clearly stated its requirement. Such blurring of European future encourages conflict, and also destroys the stimulus for correct political battle. The absence of the second largest group in the Assembly goes in favor of those who are trying to take away the recommendation for negotiations.”

Kocijanchik: Accession dialogue between the EU and Macedonia is not frozen!

Brussels, 24 March, 2015 - 11:05 (META) 

Accession high-level dialogue (HLAD) between Macedonia and the EU continues on a technical level, says the European Commission after the reports of Macedonian media that the process is frozen.

– Accession dialogue continues on a technical level. So far there are no plans for a plenary meeting between the Commissioner and the Prime Minister – said Maja Kocijanchik, spokeswoman of EU Commissioner for accession negotiations Johannes Hahn.

Accession high-level dialogue began in March 2012 and it is a tool to maintain the pace of EU reforms in Macedonia.