High Representative Federica Mogherini answered on behalf of the Commission to a MEP Papadimoulis’ question on FYROM. The answer is “hot” for FYROM’s political leaders: “EU representatives, in their statements, but also through direct contacts with political leaders, are perpetually warning that any form of provocative rhetoric, internally or externally, should be avoided”, F.Mogherini said.
Dimitris Papadimoulis’ question was about FYROM, that has been reeling from the ongoing political instability, leading to an escalation in the political and inter-ethnic divide. “The alarming situation in FYROM is exacerbated by the highly nationalist and ethnic rhetoric of the Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, and the Kosovo policies, attempting to disorientate public opinion from the real problems of poverty and widespread corruption. These phenomena endanger the stability and development of the Western Balkan countries, as well as their European course”, noted one of the vice presidents of the European Parliament. “In this context, Greece is a pillar of stability, peace, and security in the region, contributing to the strengthening of democratic dialogue, legality and the rule of law”, he added, asking Commission what specific de-escalation initiatives does it intend to take in the region, as part of its political mandate and respecting the related UN mandates and what view does it take of the provocative statements which challenge the principle of independent and territorial integrity in the Western Balkan countries.
The answer given by Vice-President Mogherini stressed the fact that “recent visits by the High Representative/Vice-President of the Commission, the President of the European Council and the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement clearly demonstrate the EU’s full and ongoing commitment to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and a region as a whole”.
“The EU’s presence and engagement in the western Balkans is crucial for the region’s peace and stability as well as economic recovery. In that regard, the EU expressed its readiness to work with the new government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, who already made some positive steps towards stabilisation of relations with its neighbours”, High Representative said.
“EU representatives, in their statements, but also through direct contacts with political leaders, are perpetually warning that any form of provocative rhetoric, internally or externally, should be avoided”, she added.
The EU has been promoting peace, reconciliation and regional stability through dialogue and compromise, and will continue to do so./IBNA