The United States strongly condemns the attacks on members of the Macedonian Parliament.

“The United States strongly condemns the violent attacks on members of the Macedonian parliament which followed the election of Talat Xhaferi as Speaker of Parliament. We will work with the new Speaker to support democracy and to help Macedonia move forward on its European path. Violence has no place in the democratic process. We express our deepest sympathies to those Members of Parliament injured in the attacks and their families. The United States calls on Macedonian authorities to ensure the security of all Members of Parliament, to investigate the attack thoroughly, and to hold accountable those who committed acts of violence”, stated Toner.

The Deputy Department spokesperson stated that the US will work with the new Parliament Speaker to support democracy and to help Macedonia move forward on its European path.

The US urges all parties to remain calm, resolve any differences peacefully, and respect Macedonia’s laws and democratic processes.