Baily: Accusations that the USA is trying to destabilize Macedonia are absurd


US Ambassador, Jess Baily today strongly rejected accusations that the USA is trying to destabilize the country, and added that he and the USA support the rule of law in the country.

“We in the U.S. Embassy in Skopje often see stories in the media about conspiracy theories and allegations of American interference in Macedonia’s domestic affairs or actions to destabilize the country. We believe most citizens of Macedonia, like us, recognize the absurdity of these stories. However, after several recent assertions about our staff and programs, let me set the record straight, particularly about our support for the rule of law”, said the statement.

Ambassador Baily also reminded how much financial aid assistance the United States have given to Macedonia in the past, but also how many people and sectors were perfected using the resources from the United States.

“We are very open about our programs and engagement. In the past 15 years, the U.S. Government has contributed more than $55 million to develop the capacity of Macedonia’s courts, judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, and police to fulfill their mandates professionally, transparently, efficiently, and with credibility. More than 600 judges, 300 public prosecutors, 150 defense lawyers, and over 2,000 law enforcement officers have benefited from these efforts”, said the US Ambassador.

Bailey noted that the current political crisis in Macedonia started with accusations of mismanagement, abuse of power and office, and possible criminal behavior, combined with allegations of interference by the executive in the judiciary and in the work of prosecutors. He recalled that the leaders of the four largest political parties in Macedonia, and Parliament, unanimously voted to establish a new independent institution – the Office of the Special Public Prosecutor (SPO), to look into certain aspects of these allegations.

“Given its critical role in establishing legal accountability, the United States is supporting the SPO with training and assistance, just as we have assisted Macedonia’s court system, Public Prosecutor, and police since Macedonia’s independence. This engagement reflects our deep commitment to the rule of law and to helping the people of Macedonia resolve the current crisis, develop strong democratic institutions, and move forward toward membership in the European Union and NATO. That commitment remains firm”, said Baily.

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