Skopje, October 30, 2013
The diplomatic efforts of FYROM to secure a date for the start of negotiations for accession must enjoy support, but the country is being dominated by an atmosphere of pressure and fear. This was stressed today by the British MEP on FYROM at the European Parliament, Richard Howitt during his stay in Skopje. British MEP said that in order to secure a date for the start of negotiations, more than two EU member countries must be convinced and these countries are really concerned about the developments in FYROM.
Howitt once again called for the country to make efforts and show concrete results in the improvement of this situation. Howitt proposed three issues on this: a greater progress in the implementation of the March Agreement for political dialogue between government and opposition, to make more progress in the relations with Bulgaria and to hold activities and achieve concrete results in the improvement of the freedom of media. Howitt also talked about the imprisonment of the investigative journalist, Tomislav Kezharovski, expressing his concern about suspicious elements of his imprisonment which may make this a politically motivated imprisonment. /ibna/