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Baily: Ivanov and Parliament to move forward

Jess L. Baily, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia; Photo: U.S. Embassy to the Republic of Macedonia
Smeta_maliKOPJE – “We call upon the president to move forward the process. Also, it is important that the Parliament to allow the process to be moved forward, and it is clear that a first step should be the election of a speaker of the Parliament from the new personnel.” This was announced today by the Ambassador of USA in Macedonia, Jess Baily, when he replied to a question by a journalist regarding the celebration of Day of NATO in Skopje i.e. 68th anniversary of the founding of the Alliance, Meta reports.

The American Ambassador stressed that whether the country will go forward and how depends on the political leaders.

He didn’t want to comment what the international community’s next steps will be if the political processes in the country remain blocked and a government isn’t formed any time soon.

To not move forward will mean delays, of decisions not taken, maybe projects not done and in the end, it would be up to the citizens to decide whether they want their Parliament and political leaders to behave in such manner – said Baily.

When asked to comment the statements of the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and other high-ranking officials regarding Macedonia, Baily said that USA remains firm that the neighbors should withhold.

-As I said few weeks ago, we urge regional neighbors to exercise restraint and to allow Macedonia to go forward with its process. It is clear that this is a sensitive question. USA uses the name Republic of Macedonia and we recognize the Macedonian identity – said Baily.

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