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FM: Macedonia respects identities of others, expects same in return June 23, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Macedonia.
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MilososkiMy country is focused towards the future, it respects the identities of other nations and expects the same treatment in return, Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki said in Tuesday’s address at an Istanbul meeting of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP).

The Macedonian FM expressed hope that EU aspirant countries would fulfil their ambition to join the Union based on their individual results in meeting the criteria. However, he expressed discontent with the recent outcome from the EU Council of Ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg where Macedonia was not given a date for start of EU accession talks.

– The European integration means moving forward. Unfortunately, in Luxembourg EU and Macedonia failed to make a step further in relation to the European Commission recommendation. We deem the result is not in line with the attained results and progress, noted Milososki.

This however, he added, will not discourage us to continue with investment refroms.

The summit and prior meetings are an exceptional opportunity for the region to present its achievements in several common areas and its ambitions for further cooperation, according to the minister.

– Now, we are focused on specific issues of vital importance to boost further progress of our societies, such as economic cooperation, harmonising measures of solidarity in alleviating the consequences from the global economic crisis, added Milososki.

Moreover, FM Milososki reiterated the priorities of Macedonia during its chairmanship with the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, vowing that by meeting them Macedonia would give its contribution to successfully implementing the reforms.

He said that the country was determined to promote stability and security, underlying Macedonia’s interest in presiding over the SEE Cooperation Process in 2012-2013, when the summit of heads of state and government would be held in June 2013 in Ohrid.

– I think it will be a chance regionally and in terms of EU integration, to present ourselves in a good light, Milososki stated after his address.

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