Extracts from the joint press briefing by Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, and Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 28/10/2009 First transmission: 28/10/2009
On Wednesday 28 October 2009, Javier Solana, High Representative of the council of the EU, and high representative for CFSP, met Nikola Grueski, Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the latest developments regarding former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, bilateral relations and regional issues.
Javier Solana congratulated the Prime Minister and the people of Macedonia on the most recent progress achieved by his country. He specifically referred to the issues of visa liberalisation, the completion of the border demarcation with Kosovo and the achievements acknowledged by the Commission in its Progress Report.
The European High Representative underlined that this doesn't mean that everything is done, but added that a lot has been done and explained that when you have the certainty in yourself that you can do a part of the journey, you can be sure that you can end the journey.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Javier Solana, High Representative of the council of the EU, and high representative for CFSP, and Nikola Grueski, Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, arriving at the press conference
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Javier Solana: For me personally, but for all the members of the European Union, it's a very good news. And once again I want to congratulate the Prime Minister and to congratulate the people from your country. Now this doesn't mean that everything is done, but it means that a lot has been done. And when you know have the security, the certainty in yourself that you can do a part of the journey, you can be sure that you will end the journey.
||SOUNDBITE (in MACEDONIAN) by Nikola Grueski: We have talked about Macedonia in the context of the Euroatlantic integration and we have underlined that we have seen some good results. We have also underlined the good report and the recommendation for the start of negotiations. And we are also in the verge of a Visa liberalisation, which is also a serious achievement.
||SOUNDBITE (in MACEDONIAN) by Nikola Grueski: But this does not mean that we will stop here, we will continue to work to remedy all the weaknesses that have been stated in the report.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Javier Solana: I don't think that in parliamentary democracies referendum is the best solution to really get the response of the people on issues which are pertinent. Look at what is our experience. I cannot say otherwise, for me referendums have been...and for us collectively... I mean, of course we respect the will of the people, we respect the will of governments, it's our obligation; but as a consequence of that we have been moving less fast that we would have liked to move.
||SOUNDBITE (in MACEDONIAN) by Nikola Grueski: In the future, we will continue working on the reforms and other issues including the name issue imposed by the Republic of Greece and we will try to find a solution as soon as possible.