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EU Leaders Call For Swift Implementation Of Political Agreement In Macedonia

A European Union delegation that visited the former Yugoslav Republic Macedonia on Friday called for a swift implementation of the agreement reached among its political leaders to resolve the current political crisis.

The delegation that visited Macedonia capital Skopje on a joint mission to meet key political partners and to address ways on how to overcome the current political crisis included Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy, Štefan Füle, Rapporteur of the European Parliament on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Richard Howitt, and former President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek.

They met President Gjorge Ivanov, Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, leader of the SDSM party Branko Crvenkovski, and the leader of the DUI party Ali Ahmeti.

In a joint statement issued after the visit, the leaders said they are "pleased to see that the political leaders have finally been able to show their political responsibility and courage to agree on a solution which should bring the country back to the resumption of normal functioning of the political institutions and continuing constructive work on its Euro-Atlantic priorities for the ultimate benefit of the country and its people."

"We look forward to a swift implementation of the agreement so that the European integration agenda comes back on track, the reform process is intensified and the European Parliament and the European Commission can proceed with their respective reports on the country," the statement added.

by RTT Staff Writer

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