Mogherini and Hahn condemn Skopje Parliament violence

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Protestors storm the Parliament after Social Democratic Union of Macedonia with Albanian parties elected new President of the Parliament Talat Dzaferi (not pictured) as they have parliamentary majority, in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on 27 April 2017.

Mogherini and Hahn condemn Skopje Parliament violence


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High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn, have issued a common statement on Thursday’s developments in Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), when nationalists entered the premises and attacked MPs.

“The acts of violence in the Parliament are wholly unacceptable and we call for calm and restraint. The Interior Ministry and the police must ensure the security of the Parliament and its members,” say Mogherini and Hahn.

President Gjorgi Ivanov has refused giving the mandate for a new government,  although Zoran Zaev (the leader of SDSM) provided a list of signatures, guaranteeing the parliamentary majority. Ivanov suggests that a coalition between Zaev and the Albanian parties would eventually “destroy the constitutional order in the country.”

“Democracy must run its course. We take positive note of the election of Talat Xhaferi as Speaker of the Parliament, as reported,” add the EU executives.

“The European Union is convinced that political dialogue in the institutions is the only way forward and we urge all political actors to honour the Constitution of the country and act in the spirit of democratic principles, decency and common sense.”

Hahn and Mogherini’s common statement concludes, reminding FYROM’s status as a candidate country to enter the EU. “The EU is ready to work with the Parliament on the necessary reforms to move the country forward on its European path.”

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