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Matthew Palmer praises Prespa Agreement

According to Matthew Palmer, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, the Prespa Agreement is an exceptional diplomatic achievement. At a meeting with journalists in Greece, he added that the creativity, good faith and strong relations between the people in charge of the negotiations had helped in the achievement of the deal. Regarding Russia’s role, Palmer ...

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SDSM and DUI reach Deal on joint Presidential candidate

At their meeting on Wednesday, PM and SDSM leader Zoran Zaev and DUI leader Ali Ahmeti agreed on a joint candidate for the presidential race. The name will be announced on Friday. “We carried out an essential analysis, decided that we should set a standard in the country. Though there were attempts for that in the past, too, they weren’t ...

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Session for Parliamentary questions: Zaev urges Reconciliation at all Levels

The session for parliamentary questions was held on Wednesday. Answering a question whether he was aware that division in Macedonia had increased on the ground, PM Zoran Zaev urged reconciliation with the opposition at all levels on the eve of the presidential elections. He said reconciliation was more important than the reform laws. In that regard, the PM offered his ...

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PS Xhaferi comments on Veljanoski case

Regarding the immunity issue concerning MPs Trajko Veljanoski and Ljupco Dimovski, PS Talat Xhaferi stated on Wednesday that if they escaped the country, the Criminal Court would be responsible. In Xhaferi’s view, that is so because the Court, according to the Criminal Procedure Law, needs to secure the presence of all suspects and defendants. “Yesterday, I sent a notification to ...

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Criminal Court responds to PS Xhaferi’s comments

“Parliament will be held responsible if suspects Trajko Veljanoski and Ljupco Dimovski potentially escape,” the Criminal Court said on Wednesday in response to PS Talat Xhaferi’s comments. The PS had previously said the Court would be responsible in such a situation. As the Court added, it was prevented from deciding on the detention measure for the two MPs because of ...

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Albanian Acting FM Cakaj continues Visit to Skopje

Albania’s Acting FM, Gent Cakaj, continued his visit to Skopje on Wednesday. After the meeting with FM Nikola Dimitrov, he said Albania had been the third NATO member to sign Macedonia’s Accession Protocol. “The two countries will continue to share experiences also on the EU road,” the Albanian politician stated at the press-conference.  Also, Cakaj added he had met all ...

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15th anniversary of Trajkovski’s death Marked at Several locations

The 15th anniversary of President Boris Trajkovski’s death, who died in a 2004 plane crash in Bosnia Herzegovina, was marked on Tuesday. In his hometown of Strumica, members of his family, citizens and municipal representatives were among those laid flowers in front of the statue commemorating the late President. In Skopje, PM Zoran Zaev delivered an address at the First ...

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Gjoko Kotevski to remain Director of Suto Orizari prison

Gjoko Kostevski will continue to be Director of the Suto Orizari prison until the presidential elections. His resignation over the incident in which former ministers Mile Janakieski and Spiro Ristovski were attacked will be reviewed by the Government after the elections. The law says that it cannot be accepted right away, according to the Government, which sees nothing problematic with ...

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Name deal not Enough for progress in Euro-integration, says Loiseau

The Prespa Agreement has opened the NATO door, but that is not enough for progress in the Euro-integration process, according to French Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau. As she said at Tuesday’s press-conference with the Deputy PM for European Affairs, Bujar Osmani, in order to start EU negotiations, Macedonia will have to meet the criteria. Osmani is optimistic about ...

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US Ambassador holds Farewell meeting with PM Zaev

The US Ambassador to Macedonia, Jess Baily, held a farewell meeting on Tuesday with PM Zoran Zaev. “Our country and the US have confirmed the strategic partnership in the best way possible,” the PM said. Also, he expressed his, the Government’s and citizens’ gratitude for Baily’s active contribution during an exceptionally significant period, when the support of the US, as ...

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