Following one attempt to form a government, in line with the requirements specified by the President, enough MPs’ signatures have now been collected . I look to the authorities in Skopje to fulfil the next step in the democratic process, said a written statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, referring to political developments in the country.

He calls on all parties to exercise restraint in their statements and actions and to make decisions for the benefit of all citizens.

“At the Warsaw Summit in July 2016, NATO urged all political leaders in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to fully implement their commitments under the Przino Agreement, as the framework for a sustainable solution to the political crisis. The December 2016 election was seen by international observers as an essential step in resolving that crisis. It was judged to have been well-administered and to have proceeded without major incidents. NATO remains committed to the membership of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the Alliance, in line with the decision made at the 2008 Bucharest Summit and Allied Declarations made at subsequent NATO summits”, said Stoltenberg.

Yesterday the EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn said after collecting enough signatures he expects the President to give the mandate for forming a new government.