European Western Balkans

Statement following mission of Commissioner Hahn to Macedonia

BRUSSELS – Commissioner for European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, met today in Skopje with Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and SDSM leader Zoran Zaev, DUI leader Ali Ahmeti and DPA leader Menduh Thaci to continue talks to find a solution to the ongoing political crisis.

Discussions were constructive, building on the talks that were held in Strasbourg in the European Parliament (together with 3 MEPs) two weeks ago. All parties committed to putting the interests of the citizens and all communities of the country first. They confirmed their commitment to the Euro-Atlantic process and democratic principles, to strengthening inter-ethnic relations and improving good neighbourly relations.

A number of concrete measures were discussed and agreed, to address the critical challenges facing the country. A number of points will need to be further elaborated and agreed over the coming days, and in this respect, the Commissioner has asked to finalise talks with the leaders shortly. It is essential that commitments made by the parties today and in the future are implemented in good faith.

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