Slovenian President Pahor and Croatian President Grabar-Kitarović visit Macedonia as part of the mandate of the Brdo-Brijuni Process leaders
Skopje, 13. 4. 2016 | press release, Brdo Brijuni Process
Slovenian President Borut Pahor and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović are currently on a working visit in the Republic of Macedonia as part of the mandate of the Brdo-Brijuni Process leaders.
The decision for Presidents Pahor and Grabar-Kitarović’s visit to Macedonia was made at the Brdo-Brijuni Process meeting last year in Budva by the Brdo-Brijuni Process leaders and at the invitation of Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov. The visit coincides with an important political event in the Republic of Macedonia, the early parliamentary election scheduled for 5 June 2016. Macedonia, in partnership with EU Member States, has also successfully stemmed the migration flow on the so-called Balkan Route. The visit is scheduled before this year’s Brdo-Brijuni Process meeting on 29 May in Sarajevo.
Photo: Daniel Novaković
Macedonian President Ivanov informed the Slovenian and Croatian Presidents about the current internal political situation in Macedonia and explained how his country is managing the migration pressure on the border between his country and Greece.
In their talks with President Ivanov, Slovenian President Pahor and Croatian President Grabar-Kitarović expressed their concern about the current situation in Macedonia, a concern which had further grown due to President Ivanov’s decision to dismiss all political leaders who had been accused by the specialised State Prosecutor’s Office, as this is how distrust in democratic institutions is created.
President Pahor however stated that Slovenia would continue to support Macedonia, especially on its way towards Euro-Atlantic integration. According to President Pahor, it is important that issues are solved constructively and promptly so that the two countries can continue to cooperate well and that Macedonia’s stability is of vital importance. Stability in this region is very important due to the current migration crisis. Since the Western Balkan route was shut down, Macedonia is now the most exposed country.
The Slovenian and Croatian Presidents also met the representatives of Macedonian political parties yesterday afternoon and in the evening. Menduh Thaci (DPA), Zoran Zaev (SDSM), Ali Ahmeti (DUI) and former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski (VMRO-DPMNE) individually attended the talks. All representatives were encouraged to realise the Pržino Agreement. Boycotting the early election would mean a further and deeper political and institutional crisis thereafter. The Slovenian and Croatian Presidents stressed that postponing the election would cause further stagnation in Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic integration.
Slovenian President Pahor and Croatian President Grabar-Kitarović attended a dinner in the evening hosted in their honour by Gjorge Ivanov, the President of the Republic of Macedonia. President Pahor, along with the Croatian and Macedonian Presidents, is to visit the border this morning and meet Slovenian police officers who were sent to the border between Macedonia and Greece in order to help Macedonia.
Photo: Daniel Novaković