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Appeal for calm following armed incidents in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

“I deeply regret the deaths and injuries due to armed clashes that have occurred in the last few days in ‘the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’, on its border with Kosovo*”, today said Robert Walter (United Kingdom, EC), Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for post-monitoring dialogue with "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”.

“These events occur at a time when the country is facing a serious political crisis. I call upon all sides to remain calm, avoid confrontation and prevent further violence that would be detrimental to the stability of the country and the region,” Mr Walter added.

“At the same time, it is the responsibility of all the parties elected to the Macedonian Parliament to overcome the prevailing deep divisions along political and ethnic lines”, the rapporteur concluded, recalling the importance of peaceful coexistence and interaction between the different ethnic communities.

A delegation of the PACE Monitoring Committee, including Mr Walter, visited “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” on 28-29 April 2015 and proposed a set of measures to overcome the current political and judicial crisis.

*All reference to Kosovo in this text, whether to the territory, institutions or population, shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.