Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/fyrom : Rehn Urges Macedonians to Unite over European Integration

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/fyrom : Rehn Urges Macedonians to Unite over European Integration

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A month after the new government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) was formed, the Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski visited Brussels to meet Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn.

Commenting on the meeting held on 12 September, Commissioner Rehn listed the country's political stability and full implementation of the June 2001 Ohrid Agreement as the most important goals for the new government in the coming months. He stressed that "both parties, the government and the opposition, namely the Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), have to build consensus and find channels for communication". "It should be done for the sake of the country's future relations with the European Union," he added. The commissioner stressed that successful implementation of the Ohrid Agreement requires the cooperation of all parties in the country.

Nikola Gruevski firmly confirmed that his government is highly committed to the full implementation of the Ohrid peace deal. He said that the government is determined to efficiently combat corruption and organised crime. He also stressed that the government wants to carry on good cooperation with the EU aiming at opening as soon as possible accession negotiations.

The prime minister's visit took place in the shadow of recent tensions between the new government and ethnic Albanians, whose preferred party, the Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), has been excluded from the new government.

Although DUI won more seats than the Democratic Party of Albanians (DPA) in the 5 July elections, the victorious centre-right VMRO-DPMNE party chose its traditional Albanian coalition partner, DPA, rather than the party of former militant leader Ali Ahmeti - who was responsible for starting the 2001 war that broke out when VMRO-DPMNE. …

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