Skopje, July 11, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
Foreign Ministry in FYR Macedonia has sent a note of protest to Tirana and Pristina through their ambassadors in Skopje.
The Foreign Ministry said that the note of protest has been sent following the declarations issued by officials of Albania and Kosovo, in relation to the violent protests held in FYROM due to the sentencing with life in prison of six Albanians in relation to the murder of five Macedonians two years ago in the suburbs of Skopje.
Foreign Ministry has expressed its concern to the ambassadors of Albania and Kosovo, by saying that these interpretations put a doubt on the functioning of the judicial system and that the declarations issues by senior political officials are not at all in favor of the good neighboring relations.
“This is a ruling issued by the judicial system, which is an independent system. Such declarations can be interpreted as meddling in the internal affairs of the Republic and they do not strengthen mutual trust and good neighboring relations, principles that Macedonia tries to apply. Political assessments cannot contribute in the relations between the countries”, reads the statement.
Meanwhile, the concern addressed to Kosovo related to the burning of the Macedonian flag in the protest held this week in Pristina.
The ambassador of Kosovo, Ylber Hysa declared that he condemns the burning of the flag of FYROM in front of the embassy of this country in Pristina, expressing his conviction that the authorities of Kosovo will take measures to punish the authors of this vandal act. Skopje’s reactions followed the declaration of the Albanian prime minister, Edi Rama about the developments and tensions in FYROM and the reaction of the government of Kosovo. /ibna/