• A-
  • A
  • A+
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 

Reeker: Some Balkan leaders trying to divert focus from real issues in their countries

Brussels, 16 January 2013 (MIA) - U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Philip Reeker delivered Wednesday in Brussels a statement that can be interpreted as a new message to opposition leader Branko Crvenkovski and his 'street activities' in Macedonia. Reeker  at a briefing at the U.S. embassy in Brussels as part of a U.S.-EU meeting on Western Balkans said Washington was disappointed with the actions conducted by several leaders in the region.

"The United States is a little bit disappointed with several political leaders who with their behaviour are diverting the focus from real issues in their countries in favour of their personal programs. In this sense, 2012 could be seen as a year of disappointment for some things," said the U.S. diplomat.

Reeker, who is also a former ambassador to Macedonia, is holding meetings today with the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Commission and NATO, MIA reports from Brussels. He welcomed the EU engagement in relation to Macedonia.

"Macedonia is facing a specific challenge in its relations with Greece, which has caused a standstill in the country's accession process to EU and NATO. But, the European Commission has adjusted to the case and found a way to launch the High Level Accession Dialogue with Macedonia allowing the country's integration to the Union and NATO to be continued while a solution to the name issue is being sought," Reeker stressed.

Moreover, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary conveyed Washington's concern over the nationalistic rhetoric by politicians in Albania, emphasising that populism and nationalistic messages "do not contribute to the opening of jobs and developing of the economy." He urged Kosovo and Serbia to resume their dialogue.

"After many years of joint work with the EU to establish peace, develop democracy, etc, now Western Balkans are focused on its Euro-Atlantic integration, Reeker concluded. ba/14:28

###

All Rights Reserved.This material may not be stored, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form, except with the prior express permission of Macedonian Information Agency.



Other news TICKER

Ukraine in civil war: Red Cross

Ukraine in civil war: Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday that it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, urging both sides to respect the laws of conflict as civilians bear the brunt, AFP reports. more ...

11. meeting of Macedonia-EU Stabilisation and Association Council (UPD)

11. meeting of Macedonia-EU Stabilisation and Association Council (UPD)

The Stabilisation and Association Council between Macedonia and the EU (SA Council) held its eleventh meeting on Wednesday, chaired by Senator Benedetto Della Vedova, Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Italy, on behalf of High Representative Catherine Ashton. more ...

11. meeting of Macedonia-EU Stabilisation and Association Council

11. meeting of Macedonia-EU Stabilisation and Association Council

The Stabilisation and Association Council between Macedonia and the EU (SA Council) held its eleventh meeting on Wednesday, chaired by Senator Benedetto Della Vedova, Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Italy, on behalf of High Representative Catherine Ashton. more ...

Nigeria bomb attacks kill at least 80

Nigeria bomb attacks kill at least 80

Two bomb blasts in the north Nigerian city of Kaduna killed at least 82 people on Wednesday, officials said, in attacks that bore the hallmarks of violent Islamist group Boko Haram. more ...

Bulgaria's PM resigns amid banking crisis

Bulgaria's PM resigns amid banking crisis

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski stood down on Wednesday, leaving his successor to sort out the Balkan state's worst banking crisis since the 1990s with the fate of its fourth largest lender undecided, Reuters reports. more ...

President Ivanov meets US, EU, OSCE Ambassadors and NATO representative to Macedonia

President Gjorge Ivanov had a meeting Wednesday with US Ambassador Paul Wohlers, Head of the EU Delegation Aivo Orav, Deputy Head of OSCE Mission to Skopje Marianne Berecz and the representative of NATO Liaison Office in Skopje, LTC Marijan Ivanusa. more ...

Top