Mogherini and Hahn: Violence in Parliament is unacceptable, we call for restraint

Mogherini, Hahn; Photo: European Parliament
meta_maliBRUSSELS – “We condemn in the strongest terms today’s ongoing attacks on the Members of the Parliament in Skopje. The acts of violence in the Parliament are wholly unacceptable and we call for calm and restraint”, reads the joint statement by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn.

They urge the Interior Ministry and the police to ensure the security of the Parliament and its members.

“Democracy must run its course. We take positive note of the election of Talat Xhaferi as a Speaker of the Parliament, as reported. The European Union is convinced that political dialogue in the institutions is the only way forward and we urge all political actors to honour the Constitution of the country and act in the spirit of democratic principles, decency and common sense. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is a candidate country and the European Union is ready to work with the Parliament on the necessary reforms to move the country forward on its European path”, reads the joint statement by Mogherini and Hahn.