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9 May 201514:44

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the growing tensions in Macedonia

903-09-05-2015

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The recent outburst of anti-government protests in Macedonia is cause for grave concern. It is only due to the country’s efficient law enforcement agencies and competent authorities that an escalation in violence has been avoided.

Nevertheless, a number of opposition movements and largely West-inspired NGOs have chosen to follow the logic of the streets and the notorious “colour revolution” scenario, which is fraught with grave consequences. They can be further aggravated by ethnic tensions in the multi-ethnic Macedonia and neighbouring areas of the Balkans, which experienced major conflicts and upheavals in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

We are concerned by the incoming information on the May 9 armed clash near Kumanovo. We hope that the situation will soon normalise and the incident will be thoroughly investigated.

We urge all political forces in Macedonia to start a constructive dialogue, and the international community, particularly the OSCE mission, to promote that dialogue as strongly as possible. We are confident that it should be carried out strictly within the institutional and legal framework, in the best interests of friendly Macedonia as well as regional stability and security.

 


May 9, 2015

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