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EU, US, OSCE, NATO seriously concerned that authorities failed to prevent the attack

Macedonian Parliament; Photo: WikiCommons/Stefan Didam
meta_maliSKOPJE – The EU delegation in Skopje, the US Embassy, OSCE Mission and the NATO Liaison Office in a joint statement strongly condemned, as they say, the organized attack on Parliament.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the organised attack on the Parliament which took place on 27 April. We express serious concern that the authorities failed to prevent it and did not provide the necessary security to Members of the Parliament and journalists present. An attack on a state institution which is at the heart of democracy is an attack on democracy itself”, reads the joint statement.

In the statement, they go on to say that they expect that these crimes will be investigated swiftly, organizers and perpetrators of the attacks will be brought to justice and courts will act independently.

“We also expect that the state institutions will rapidly draw the necessary implications and take appropriate action. We call on all actors to behave responsibly and to contribute to a peaceful democratic process which must be allowed to run its course. We call on all citizens to exercise restraint, avoid provocations and remain calm. Violence is not a way forward for the country and its society”, adds the statement.

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