Statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Štefan Füle on the passing of Kiro Gligorov, former President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
"Following the news that the former President Kiro Gligorov passed away on 1 January 2012 at the age of 94, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the Commission Catherine Ashton and Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neigbourhood Policy Štefan Füle wish to express their condolences to the family of Mr Gligorov and to the citizens of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. As president from 1991 until 1999 Mr Gligorov guided his country into and through critical transitions, including the peacefully achieved independence from the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia. Taking the country forward on that new path, he made important decisions to the benefit of the citizens based on his long experience and knowledge of his country. May he rest in peace."