Comment by the Information and Press Department on the situation in Macedonia
We are worried by reports of the worsening political confrontation in Macedonia and the latest clashes that occurred in Skopje. We are urging all sides to engage in political dialogue and renounce attempts to provoke fresh outbursts of the crisis that has been going on for more than a year.
We state that the Macedonian opposition has again become a tool for instigating, including with external support, an internal political conflict to disrupt an early election scheduled for June 5, 2016, which is seen as the only democratic legitimate way to end the protracted crisis. Meanwhile, the election was agreed upon in the summer of 2015 with the active assistance of the European Union and the United States. Therefore, Western partners should stick to those accords and the commitments they assumed to that end.
We consider it inadmissible to shake the fragile situation in Macedonia, which is rooted in the complicated ethnic and religious structure of that country. The use of the “Ukrainian scenario” and attempts to inspire illegal actions and a coup d’etat from the outside are fraught with deep shocks for Macedonia and destabilisation for the Balkans.
We call on all political forces and international community representatives to follow the path of the intra-Macedonian settlement through peaceful means with respect for the moves and decisions taken by the legitimate authorities and Government of Macedonia.