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Bildt in Macedonia: Respect for democracy and Constitution will carry Macedonia forward

Carl Bildt; Photo: WikimediaCommons/Stephan Röhl
meta_maliSKOPJE –  “Democracy. Constitution. Europe. Respect for the three will carry Macedonia forward. That was my answer to media questions in Skopje now”, tweeted Sweden’s former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt Tuesday after meeting with the leadership of the SDSM party, Meta reports.

The Co-Chairman of the European Council on Foreign Relations said that he was in Skopje on a monitoring mission from the pan-European organization, to gather information, which later, will be put forward to the leaders of Europe.

Mr. Bildt met with representatives from all the major parties, however, he did not meet Macedonian President Ivanov.

“Everybody should behave responsibly,” said the leader of DUI Ali Ahmeti after meeting with Bildt.

“This was a very interesting meeting because Carl Bildt has great experience and he is a great expert on current affairs, politics, the Balkans and elsewhere. We all need to behave responsibly,” said Ahmeti.

According to him this is a difficult process.

“DUI, as a party, up until now has invested everything and has gone to great efforts to form a parliamentary majority, but now, the decision to pull the country out of this situation and the continuation for further process, is now up to the major Macedonian political parties”, Ahmeti said. Bildt reiterated that he is here to listen to the parties and that the solution is in the Constitution.

“Today, as you know, I had meetings with the political parties in Macedonia. They are the ones who need to find the path to a solution. My main message is on Twitter: Democracy. Constitution. Europe. Respect for the three will carry Macedonia forward. That was my answer to media questions in Skopje now”, said Carl Bildt.

Bildt finished his visit to Macedonia after the meeting with the party leader of VMRO-DPMNE Nikola Gruevski.

When asked by Meta whether there will be an announcement about the meeting, VMRO-DPMNE replied that there won’t be any.

The party stated that the president of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, together with the members of the party’s leadership welcomed the representatives of the non-government organization European Council for Foreign Policy, led by Carl Bildt.

“At the meeting, he announced the priorities of Republic of Macedonia and VMRO-DPMNE, which are well known to the general public,” the party concluded.


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