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Zaev: Macedonia’s goal is to accelerate Euro-Atlantic integrations

Zoran Zaev; Photo: European Commission

NEW YORK – The Government of the Republic of Macedonia confirms its commitment to basic democratic values, good governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights, said Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev at the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.

Zaev concluded, that apart from the adjustments on a global level, it is necessary for each country to commit itself and solve domestic issues.

“We have overcome a deep political and institutional crisis through our decisive views in defending these bases. Our understanding of democracy is that it should be governed by civil engagement. Our goal is to restore democracy, build professional and independent institutions and improve the standard of living for the people. Our goal is to accelerate the integration of Macedonia into the EU and NATO”, said Zaev.

He added that Macedonia is actively contributing to stability and cooperation in the region.

“The 1995 Interim Accord laid the foundations for normalizing the relations between Macedonia and Greece. Currently, both countries are implementing confidence-building measures. This is a very positive development. We have a new motive to overcome this longstanding bilateral dispute”, said Zaev.

The Prime Minister added that the main goal is to resolve the problem.

“I strongly believe that we have to use the momentum, to talk openly and honestly to solve the problem for our mutual future. We immensely appreciate the continued efforts by Matthew Nimetz, the UN Special Representative. I firmly believe that there is a way to overcome the problem that Greece has with our constitutional name. For a change, let’s try to approach it from a positive point of view”, added Prime Minister Zaev.

At the end of his speech, Zaev said that Macedonia will continue to work with all UN member states, to strengthen world peace and security together, and to improve human rights.

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