Lavrov: The EU is passive in regards to the Tirana platform and the violation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement

Belgrade, 22 February, 2018 - 16:02 (META) 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, at a joint press conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, reiterated Macedonia yesterday, stating that Moscow is “concerned about the EU’s passivity with regard to the initiative coming from Tirana about the “Tirana platform” which, as he said, is “an explicit call for creating a Greater Albania”.

“There are enough examples which give us cause for concern. Most recently, when parliamentary elections were held in Macedonia, the chairman of the parliament, once elected to this post, entered his office and put an Albanian flag on his desk. In Macedonia! The other day, Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama proudly announced that it was he who, from Albania, initiated a draft law in the Macedonian parliament that gives the Albanian language the status of the state language”, said Lavrov answering a journalist’s question at a press conference with Vucic, during his official visit to Serbia.

In this way, said the Russian Foreign Minister, the Ohrid Framework Agreement was abrogated “which everyone took with a sigh of relief and which created a basis for overcoming the crisis in Macedonia many years ago.”

“If someone tries to erode these achievements and agreements, then things that it took so much effort to develop as well as agree upon, be it in Macedonia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, or elsewhere in western Balkans, will be lost. I believe we have every reason to ask the European Union to report back to us on how it fulfills its own decisions and to what extent it is up to the credit of trust that the international community has given it”, stated Lavrov.

Rama and Meta have greeted the passing of the Law on the use of languages

Tirana, 11 January, 2018 - 18:32 (META) 

Albania’s state leadership via social netweorks has greeted the passing of the Law on the use of languages in the Macedonian Parliament Државниот врв на Албанија денеска преку социјалните мрежи го поздрави усвојувањето на Законот за употреба на јазиците во македонското Собрание.

The Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, wrote on Twitter that the passing of the Law on the use of language represents “a historical achievement for the Albanians that is democratizing and strengthening Macedonia.”

The President of Albania, Ilir Meta, who is on an official visit to Slovenia starting from today, on Facebook has stated that it is a significant act, not only for the Albanians but for Macedonia’s European future.

“Dear friends, I have just arrived at the airport in Ljubljana and I received the wonderful news that the Macedonian Parliament has passed the Law on the use of the Albanian language. It is a significant act not only for the Albanians but for Macedonia’s European future as well” wrote Meta.

Zaev and rama visit Pustec: We are also enhancing the relations through care for minority rights

Pustec, 16 December, 2017 - 20:02 (META) 

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and his Albanian Colleague, Edi Rama, visited today the Macedonians who live int he municipality of Pustec, and they had a joint meeting with the Deputy Mayor and the municipality’s advisors.

The representatives of the municipality of Pustec have announced to the prime ministers the priorities for which they are expecting a support, among which is the renovation of the school. Prime Minister Rama has obliged that the school will be renovated and that the municipality will receive support for the communal projects and the projects for the local development that were discussed during the meeting.

Prime Minister Zaev has thanked Rama for the care he shows for the citizens of Albania with Macedonian ethnicity.

-This is a way for opening and solving issues. The presence of the two prime ministers of Macedonia and Albania here in Pustec bears a great symbolism for the promotion of the relations between both countries, since the minority communities are the bridge of that cooperation, and the care for them is of great importance – said Zaev, who also said that the two countries are European oriented and are ready to promote minority rights.

During the meeting with the Pustec’s local authorities, Zaev has announced that the Government of the Republic of Macedonia will help in the solving the issues that are of importance for the citizens of Macedonian ethnicity in Albania.

There won’t be a reconstruction of the government and there will be new ministers on Monday

Pogradec, 15 December, 2017 - 19:17 (META) 

At the joint press conference in Pogradec with his Albanian colleague, Edi Rama, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev announced this afternoon that there won’t be a reconstruction of the Macedonian government.

He said that the vacant ministerial positions shall be filled in with new names that will be announced on Monday at the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia.

At the press conference, after the joint session of the governments of Albania and Macedonia, Zaev said that the Law on languages is a contemporary law, and he expects to be voted by the end of January and he called upon the parliamentary parties to support it.

A joint session between the governments of Albania and Macedonia in Pogradec

Skopje, 14 December, 2017 - 21:33 (META) 

The governments of Macedonia and Albania will be having a joint session at noon in Pogradec, Albania. At the session, as was announced by the government’s press service, there will be talks about several subjects for promoting the bilateral cooperation especially the infrastructural connectivity, the building of the Corridor 8, for easing and intensifying the trade of goods and services, and for strengthening the cooperation in the domain of security.

The joint session will take place at the “Himeti Palas” hotel in Pogradec. The Macedonian government delegation led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is planned to arrive at 14.30h and shall receive a ceremonial welcome by his Albanian colleague, Edi Rama and representatives of the Albanian government. Албанија.

AS soon as the session is over, starting at 16.30 h, a joint press conference of the Prime MInisters of both Macedonia and Albania.

On Saturday, Prime Ministers Zaev and Rama, accompanied by government representatives shall visit Pustec where they shall meet with representatives of the local government and shall visit the school where they shall be donating equipment for the pupils.

Arberi road has a goal to create an economic corridor with Macedonia

Peshkopea, 12 November, 2017 - 21:09 (META) 

The Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, announced today in Peshkopea that at the joint session of the governments of Macedonia and Albania, that will take place in Pogradec, he is going to ask the Macedonian government to continue the “Arberi” road on its territory.

Rama announced that the building of the Arberi road with a length of 72 km will start next year, and the whole process will last for 44 months and will cost 33,6 billion. he also said that with this road the distance between Tirana and Debar will be shortened by 100 km.

-At the meeting with the Macedonian Prime Minister that occurred in October, it was agreed that a joint government session will take place in Pogradec when we shall decide that it is necessary for the Macedonian side to finish the Arberi road on its side. We shall shorten the distance between Debar and Tirana. It shall be a shorter distance that will solve a major problem, said Rama.

According to the Albanian Prime Minister, Arberi will not only be connecting one area to another, but it will provide a strategic development for the economy, employment and tourism.

-The Arberi road has a goal to create an economic corridor with Macedonia, through Debar and to make the Drach port more approachable, stressed Rama.

Gruevski has told Rama that he wants an open cooperation with Albania

Skopje, 17 October, 2017 - 17:13 (META) 

The President of the opposition political party VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski has met today with the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, with whom he spoke about the Macedonian-Albanian relations, the current political condition, and Macedonia’s strategic priorities.

Grueski has told Rama that he is supporting the idea of an open cooperation with Republic of Albania, based on a principal basis.

-Various documents such as the Tirana platform will not help. The platform both in the form it was promoted and its essence will not contribute to the development of the friendship based on sincere basis between two countries and can have a negative effect regarding the mutual coexistence in Republic of Macedonia – said Gruevski. He has stressed that the good relations between both countries should be developed and to contribute to calming of the ambiance in order to build trust which is needed for the region’s economic and political development.

VMRO-DPMNE’s party leader has stressed that Republic of Albania’s support is welcomed for an integration in NATO and there are shared challenges in the advancement on the road towards the European Union.

Zaev and Rama: Macedonia and Albania don’t have any open political issues

Skopje, 17 October, 2017 - 12:29 (META) 

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and his Albanian colleague, Eid Rama, during yesterday’s meeting in Skopje have concluded that Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Albania have great political relations without any open issues and this is a good basis for intensifying the cooperation in the direction of applying European standards, the economic cooperation, as well as securing conditions for Euro-Atlantic integrations for the whole region, announced the government press service.

Edi Rama arrived yesterday in Skopje to attend the “Summit 100” and as informs the government, he congratulated Zaev for the fair and democratically carried out local elections.

-The results from the local elections are like a wind in the sails for our democratic agenda, as well as a support for the reformatory policies that are opening new perspectives. They serve as a win for the concept of one society for everyone, that will in turn unite the citizens. We shall do everything it takes to justify the trust and to provide a better life for all of the citizens in Maceodnia – said Zaev.

At the meeting, there were discussions about the promotion of economic and trade cooperation between Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Albania. It was stressed that the joint participation at the “Summit 100” in Skopje is a proof of the political will for the development of the regional economic cooperation, for connecting the business communities, the joint investments, networking, transportation connection.

Both Prime MInisters have agreed to hold three joint government sessions.

Rama on meeting with Zaev: A new page in the relations between our two peoples’

Trieste, 12 July, 2017 - 16:37 (META) 

Today in Trieste, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev met with his Albanian counterpart, Edi Rama, who turned up wearing a suit and trainers.

Prime Minister Zaev wrote about his meeting with Rama on his “Twitter” account, “We share a common vision for a Euro-Atlantic future for the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Albania.

The Albanian Prime Minister on his official “Facebook” page published a video from the beginning for the meeting and wrote that they discussed strengthening good neighbourly relations and cooperation between the two countries, as well as improving ethnic relations between Albanians and Macedonians in Macedonia, by adopting appropriate laws.

“In Trieste, with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev we spoke about strengthening the friendship and the deepening of the overall cooperation between our two nations. A new page in the mutual relations between our two peoples’, promised by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, should be written with concrete acts for all Albanians who live in our neighbouring country”, wrote Rama.

The meeting was attended by the Foreign Ministers of Macedonia and Albania, Nikola Dimitrov and Ditmir Bushati, as well as Dane Taneski, an adviser to the Government of the Republic of Macedonia.

Dimitriev scolds Rama on Facebook

Skopje, 21 April, 2017 - 15:11 (META) 

While my colleague in Albania is pulling out scenarios from “his sleeve” such as the unification of Kosovo and Albania, until European integration falls apart for the country’s of this region, his team of lawyers are trying to justify the thesis that what Rama wants, is election points at home, by brutal interference into Macedonia’s processes of a “friendly nature”, said interim Prime Minister Emil Dimitriev on his Facebook profile.

“Such irresponsibility from a socialist who is openly fueling nationalism! While confusion reigns among politicians in the region, whether they really support a friendly manner in the region or not, we see the future of Macedonia in the European Union and we do not have a dilemma in regards to that strategic priority. These kind of statements are not in favour for good neighbourly relations and building friendly relations. Even the European Union has no dilemmas that the future of the country’s in the region are in the EU. It’s only Rama and his team that obviously thinks he gets an alternative election and will cover his domestic weaknesses”, said Dimitriev.

According to the interim Prime Minister, territorial shaping, unification or separation is not the direction for greater stability, peace or prosperity.

“Each country from the region is a sovereign state, the main goal should be the standard for the citizens within each country’s borders. The future of the region is not the unification of the two states or more territories, the future is in uniting everyone under European values”, added Dimitriev.