Osmani defended Greece and warned us about MRT and MANU

External Summit / Photo: Sloboden pechat / Slobodan Djuric

The final meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Summit of Heads of State and Government in the Cooperation Process in South-Eastern Europe (SEECP) today in Skopje, in addition to the successful nomination of the Secretary General and the consensus on the declaration of the political directors of the South-Eastern Europe, was also marked by the first visit of two senior Greek representatives after the change of government in Macedonia, the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Giorgos Gerapetritis and his deputy Alexandra Papadopoulos. The host of the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bujar Osmani, after the bilateral meeting with Papadopoulos, emphasized that the respect and full implementation of the Prespa Agreement by both sides, the nurturing of good neighborly relations, as well as the support from Greece are key for Macedonia's membership in the EU, and the European integration processes in the region are of the greatest strategic importance and common interest for regional and overall European security. Gerapetritis, on the other hand, is scheduled to meet today afternoon with President Gordana Siljanovska Davkova, who is hosting the Summit of Heads of State and Government and who was criticized by him for violating the Prespa Agreement by not pronouncing the adjective northern in front of Macedonia.

According to the Greek media, the Greek head of diplomacy wanted to personally check in Skojë how much President Siljanovska Davkova respects the Prespa Agreement.

According to Minister Osmani, the Agreement must be respected, and we do not need quarrelsome politics, but support from Greece in European integration. According to Osmani, the Prespa agreement has been largely fulfilled by both sides, because Macedonia changed its name and Greece did not block our membership in NATO, but now efforts should be made to deepen cooperation and fulfill the second part of the document. which implies a strategic partnership between the two countries in several sectors, such as security, energy, infrastructure, science, etc.

– I had a good meeting with Papadopoulos and a telephone conversation with Minister Gerapetritis. We discussed the commitment of the two countries not only for the implementation of the agreements, but also for the support of Athens for the European integration of North Macedonia. The meeting was in the spirit of cooperation and the hope that the strategic partnership will deepen, which will lead to greater benefits for the citizens of both countries - said Osmani.

Asked whether he had given Athens a deadline to adopt the three memoranda in parliament or to change the roadmaps, he said he could not even give a deadline for the laws stuck in our Assembly on MRTV and MANU.

- Such obligations must not be on the front line of relations with Greece, because they are not the most important. Let's not look for problems where there are none. Those issues should not dominate the political discourse. Our people go on holiday in Greece in large numbers, we have excellent economic and energy cooperation and we should not poison our citizens now with three laws. I hope that by building a good atmosphere, the Prespa agreement will be fully implemented - said Osmani.

He also said that the elections are over and that there is no longer a need to create such a climate in relations with Greece and called for a more mature attitude towards the neighbors.

- I no longer have such an obligation, in a few days I will no longer be MFA. If we want to find flaws in the relations with the USA, I can find them, but is that the goal? We need to solve the problems through the institutions and build relations with the neighbors in good faith. We do not need a quarrelsome foreign policy - concluded Osmani.

Earlier, he announced that the success they achieved at the end of the one-year presidency of the PSEE with the nomination of Sarajevo's candidate Admir Kapetanović for the general secretary and the consensus on the declaration of the PSEE exceeded their expectations. The outgoing minister emphasized that the participants showed the ability to maintain the credibility of regional leadership and leadership.

The next chairman of PSJEE is Tirana.

– The Presidency of Tirana will be fully dedicated to advancing the achievements of the PSEE by strengthening regional cooperation, especially the implementation of the common regional market as well as accelerating the process of European integration. The platform offered by PSEE is considered a key mechanism in South-Eastern Europe which is based on the principles of equality, inclusiveness and regional cooperation - said the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania, Artemis Malo.

Among the guests in Skopje are the presidents of Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, the chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the foreign ministers of Serbia and Turkey, the deputy foreign minister of Bulgaria, the state secretaries of the MFA of Moldova and Romania, as well as the ambassadors of Slovenia and Croatia.

PSJEE as a forum for regional cooperation was founded in 1996 and includes all the countries of South-Eastern Europe. Its main goals are the promotion of political and security cooperation, the encouragement of economic cooperation and the expansion of cooperation in the field of human rights, democracy and justice.

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