Skopje, July 24, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
Ambassadors of the United States, OSCE and NATO have held meetings with state leaders and political actors in the country in order to discuss on the latest political developments and security in the country, after the political crisis and the protests held by ethnic Albanians.
Last evening, western European diplomats have met with the president of the country, George Ivanov. Present in this meeting was the US ambassador, Paul Wohlers, EU ambassador, Aivo Orav, deputy chief of OSCE, Marian Berc and representative of the NATO liaison office in Skopje, lieutenant colonel, Marijan Ivanusha.
The president’s office informs that the meeting exchanged opinions and information on the developments and expectations relating to the accession of the country in the EU and NATO, good neighboring relations and regional issues, but also on the latest political and security developments in the country.
The meeting also discussed the latest protests held by Albanians about the so called “Monstra” trial, which relates to the life imprisonment sentence of six Albanians accused of the murder of five Macedonians in April 2012 in the suburbs of Skopje.
“The ambassadors and president Ivanov declared that the latest developments are an opportunity for open dialogue and strengthening of relations between the citizens and all ethnic and religious communities. Cross ethnic incidents or attempts to encourage lack of tolerance may politicize the situation”, reads the press statement.
Ivanov has highlighted the need to overcome the status quo in the aspect of European Atlantic integration, because according to him, this would contribute in overcoming the challenges of the country. /ibna/