Hahn, Kukan, Howitt and Vajgl: Political leaders should quickly and in good faith implement the agreement

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Following the agreement ending the political crisis in Macedonia, the European Union officials who facilitated the negotiations – Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn and Members of the European Parliament, Ivo Vajgl, Eduard Kukan and Richard Howitt – released a joint statement, MIA reports from Brussels.

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They welcome the commitment to an agreement by the four main political parties in Macedonia following the constructive negotiations in Skopje on 14 and 15 July.

“This agreement builds on the 2 June accord and includes the return to Parliament by the SDSM, the organisation of the new government preparing the elections which will be held on 24 April 2016 and the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the issues surrounding or arising from the interception of communications. After several months of facilitated dialogue, we welcome the political leaders’ strong commitment to Euro-Atlantic integration and the European perspective. This is an important step in overcoming the current crisis and towards addressing key challenges facing the country”, reads the statement.

The EU officials urge political leaders in the country to swiftly implement the agreement in good faith.

“We stand ready to work with all parties to ensure the full implementation of all aspects of these commitments, including the Commission’s urgent reform recommendations on systemic rule of law issues. The European Commission and the MEPs will follow up closely on the implementation of this agreement in the coming months. Progress will be discussed, inter alia, at a meeting of the High Level Accession Dialogue which will take place in September with the involvement of all signatory parties as well as civil society”, reads the statement.