• A-
  • A
  • A+
Wednesday, April 16, 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

Fule: Europe's stability in Russian, EU interests

Fule: Europe's stability in Russian, EU interests

The crisis in Ukraine, which may escalate into large-scale bloodshed, promotes neither Russian nor the European Union's interests, European Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule told members of the European Parliament on Wednesday. more ...

New Serbian parliament inaugurated

Serbia's new parliament was inaugurated at a special session on Wednesday, with its 250 members being sworn in. more ...

Europe champions cycling as green alternative

Europe champions cycling as green alternative

Over 10,000 lives would be saved every year if major European cities copied the cycling model of Copenhagen, a report published by UNECE and the WHO regional office for Europe suggests. more ...

Twitter rules out Turkey office amid tax row

Social networking company Twitter on Wednesday rejected demands from the Turkish government to open an office there, following accusations of tax evasion and a two-week ban on the service. more ...

Hairs wins award at Houston film festival

Hairs wins award at Houston film festival

The short film "Hairs", written and directed by Eleonora Veninova, won a Gold Remi award in the Suspense/Thriller Shorts category at a film festival held in Texas, US. more ...

Over 900 children vaccinated since outbreak of measles epidemic

Over 900 children vaccinated since outbreak of measles epidemic

Since the outbreak of measles epidemic 915 children have been vaccinated and thus protected from this contagious disease, Director of Skopje health Care Institution Tatjana Baevska Vuckovic told reporters on Wednesday. more ...