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President Ivanov meets the President of the Parliament of Hungary, Laszlo Kover
Monday, 20 March 2017 18:22
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It is unacceptable for other countries to interfere in the internal affairs of Macedonia - meeting with the Hungarian Prime Minister Orban
Monday, 20 March 2017 18:18

The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, within the working visit to Hungary, met with the Prime Minister of Hungary Mr. Viktor Orban.

At the meeting, President Ivanov expressed gratitude for the overall support that the Republic of Macedonia receives from Hungary regarding our constitutional name, the challenges of illegal migration, as well as for the Hungarian initiative to condemn the Tirana platform at the last meeting of the European Council.

Furthermore, the Macedonian President briefed his interlocutor on the current situation in the Republic of Macedonia and on the possible solutions to overcome the crisis and repeated the well-known positions – the obstacles for the mandate to be removed or new elections to be held.

For Hungary, it is unacceptable for other countries to interfere in the internal affairs of the Republic of Macedonia. New early elections are the only right solution to overcome the political crisis in the Republic of Macedonia, the Hungarian Prime Minister Orban said at the meeting with President Ivanov in Budapest.

Prime Minister Orban stressed that Hungary has a firm stance against the Tirana platform and added that the stability of the EU is impossible without the stability in the Republic of Macedonia.

- Macedonia has and will continue to have the support of Hungary, the Hungarian Prime Minister said, informing President Ivanov on his position at the European Council and the lack of consensus on the issue of the challenges facing our country.

Prime Minister Orban stressed that the EU had a wrong approach towards the Republic of Macedonia and added that our country was long to join the EU and NATO.

At the meeting, it was agreed the cooperation and communication at all levels and on all issues of mutual interest to continue. Talks also focused on migrant crisis and agreed that the excellent cooperation needs to continue in the future.

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Ivanov-Adder: Gratitude to Hungary for the initiative to reject and condemn the Tirana platform
Monday, 20 March 2017 14:19

The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, within the working visit to Hungary, met with the President of Hungary, Janos Ader.

The Macedonian President, at the press conference with his Hungarian counterpart Mr. Adder in Budapest, expressed public gratitude to Hungary for the initiative it raised requesting the EU Council to reject and condemn the Tirana platform.

At the meeting, President Ivanov and President Ader discussed the political situation in the Republic of Macedonia, as well as the possible ways out of this crisis that keeps the country hostage for long.

The Macedonian President informed his Hungarian colleague on the steps he has taken so far as President of the Republic of Macedonia and what the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia provides for.

In this context, he said that unlike the constitutions of other countries, our Constitution is understated and we have a great constitutional gap regarding such situations when a government cannot be constituted in the first try.

"The situation is especially complicated due to the influence from another country in the internal affairs in Macedonia by developing a platform that is post-election and covers issues that we think are closed with the Ohrid Framework Agreement and the Constitution", the Macedonian President said.

Although, as President Ivanov said, we expected the platform of the foreign state to be condemned and rejected by now which raises questions in Macedonia, it never happened and we fear that this could be a precedent to be used by other states to pressure, as witnessed recently in some other countries.

President Ivanov, answering a question by a journalist, said that it is urgently needed the constitutive session of the Parliament to be completed, the speaker to be elected so that the activities may normally take place.

In this context he said that the majority should reject the Tirana platform to be able to get the mandate to form a government that will begin to deal with all these challenges. "There are legal obstacles that can be overcome, if the constitutive session is completed, but t there is a political obstacle, and that is to reject and condemn the platform of Tirana", the Macedonian President said.

The Hungarian President Mr. Ader said that it is not in his competence to answer the question of resolving the political crisis in Macedonia, but it is the responsibility of the Macedonian Constitutional Court.

He added that in the talks he concluded that the Macedonian President seeks to find a solution in accordance with his oath as President of the Republic and the provisions of the Macedonian Constitution and that only such a solution would be acceptable.
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The two presidents at the meeting exchanged views on the situation in the region, the relations between the two countries, as well as on the promotion of the cooperation between Macedonia and Hungary in various fields.

"The current support, friendship and solidarity between Hungary and Macedonia should be an example of how an EU Member State should treat a country that is a candidate for membership in the Union", President Ivanov said.

The Hungarian President said that nearly 10 years Macedonia is offered positive, but false remarks and promises regarding its EU integration. "After the false and empty promises, now the time has come to start real negotiations between the EU and the Republic of Macedonia, President Ader said.

Hungary, as he noted, is one of the states that gives Macedonia full support and assistance in dealing with illegal migration.

The meeting discussed the possible second migrant wave and the continuation of the cooperation aimed at resolving all challenges that may appear in this period when the movement is felt not only from the Middle East but also from Africa to Europe.

President Ivanov said he expected the EU and NATO to carefully consider the reality Macedonia and the region are facing and to send a strong message in these difficult times regarding our European and Euro-Atlantic perspective, not to block Macedonia further and the status quo in the European integration in Macedonia to cause tremendous frustration among our population.
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Ivanov - Nishani: Restraint and normalization of bilateral relations is necessary
Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:37

The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, today in Baku, Azerbaijan, held a bilateral meeting with the President of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Bujar Nishani.

The two presidents at the meeting discussed the relations between the two countries in the context of the current political situation in the Republic of Macedonia and in the context of the challenges in the region.

President Ivanov, in the talks with President Nishani, reaffirmed the view that the way the post-election platform of the parties of the Albanian political bloc was adopted and the statements that followed by senior officials of the Republic of Albania constitute an interference in the internal affairs of the Republic of Macedonia.

“Such interference in the internal affairs of the Republic of Macedonia is an incentive to realize the great nationalistic ideas, tensions and is a negative example not only in the Balkans, but even beyond. It is necessary to reduce tensions in the region, as well as cautious rhetoric”, President Ivanov said at the meeting.

The Macedonian President said that the Republic of Albania is a friend and will remain a friend of the Republic of Macedonia and for that purpose further concrete reciprocal steps are needed to normalize and enhance the bilateral relations.

“The Macedonian national minority in the Republic of Albania and the Albanian ethnic community in the Republic of Macedonia are to be factors of rapprochement and enrichment of cooperation rather than a source of tension”, President Ivanov said at the meeting. In this regard, the Macedonian President expressed his belief that only through dialogue solutions can be found and differences on certain issues resolved.

The two presidents agreed that restraint is necessary, taking mutual steps to increase mutual trust and focus on common priorities which include good neighborly relations, promoting regional cooperation and focus on projects that will enhance and improve the lives of the citizens of both countries.

The meeting of the two presidents was organized on the sidelines of the 5th Global Baku Forum on “The future of international relations: power and interests”, attended by President Ivanov.

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Ivanov - Aliyev: Readiness for greater economic cooperation between Macedonia and Azerbaijan
Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:09

The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, today in Baku, met with the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev.

At the meeting they exchanged views on the overall bilateral relations between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Azerbaijan. President Ivanov and President Aliyev concluded that the bilateral relations, characterized by friendship, continuous dialogue and understanding, need to be further expanded in specific areas of common interest.

Hence, the Macedonian President expressed his expectation for enhanced economic cooperation and increased trade volume between the two countries through the potential opportunities offered by the Republic of Macedonia for realization of foreign investment. Our country, the Macedonian President said, stands ready to initiate direct Azerbaijani investment in the Macedonian economy through gas and energy projects, projects in the field of agriculture and tourism. To this end, President Ivanov said, it is necessary to intensify the contacts between the business communities of both countries.

The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, accepted the invitation from President Ivanov to visit the Republic of Macedonia, after overcoming the political crisis in the country. He underlined the interest in investing in the Republic of Macedonia with project for gasification of the country and extended an invitation for Macedonia to join the Azerbaijani gas projects to which the Balkan countries are already connected.

At the meeting, they exchanged information on the situation in the region of South Eastern Europe and the Caspian region, as well as on current issues related to the migrant and refugee crisis, and emphasized the necessity to continue and intensify the cooperation in the security, as well as to continue the cooperation and mutual support at multilateral level.

President Ivanov informed President Aliyev on the challenges faced by the Macedonian companies in the pharmaceutical sector in the cooperation with Azerbaijan, and urged to consider possibilities for overcoming those challenges.

President Ivanov, in Azerbaijan, partakes in the 5th Global Baku Forum where he will address the presidential session on "The future of international relations: power and interests". The Global Forum brings together more than 100 current and former presidents, prime ministers and ministers, diplomats, a number of prominent figures from the social and political life, university professors and representatives of the Young Leaders' Program of the Global Forum.

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Ivanov: Macedonia is an example of double standards and hypocrisy of the current international order
Thursday, 16 March 2017 13:13

The double standards of the liberal order denied us the right to identity, but also the right to prosperity, the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, said in his address at the 5th Global Baku Forum held today and tomorrow in Baku, Azerbaijan.
 

Speaking about the future of international relations through the prism of geopolitics and geography, President Ivanov referred to the paradox facing Macedonia in terms of the liberal order and the urge for freedom. President Ivanov stressed that Macedonia’s independence 26 years ago began with celebration of political liberalism and liberal order and the idea of ​​freedom had the power to transform our society. Macedonia became the front runner of the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the region, but it faced a huge paradox, President Ivanov said.
 

“Macedonia is an example of collapse of the liberal order after World War II. Macedonia is the only country within the UN that has no right to its own identity. The right to self-identification, being the fundamental right of every individual and every country in the international order is also denied. Macedonia is deprived of the right to prosperity. Its NATO and EU integrations are blocked. It speaks of the hypocrisy of this international order with double standards. Therefore, the world order and the international order collapsed in the case of Macedonia”, President Ivanov said.
 

However, President Ivanov added, the order is in crisis, not the idea of ​​freedom, asking whether this instability is only a passing episode or a defining moment in world history.
 

“In terms of crisis, there are only two ideas that can mobilize people - hope and fear. Today, hope is scarce. And, the less hope, the more fear, the Macedonian President said in his address.
 

Speaking about Europe, President Ivanov pointed out that its future should be seen as a period of transformation and preparation for the challenges of the third millennium.
 

“Today, when the left and right populism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, exclusion, borders recur on the European political scene, a new idea needs to be offered. This is the time for re-creation of Europe - metamorphosis of Europe”, the Macedonian President stressed.
 

The Global Baku Forum, organized by the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, includes over 100 current and former presidents, prime ministers and ministers, a number of prominent figures from the political and social life, as well as representatives of the Young Leaders’ Program of the Global Forum. The future of Europe, the role of China in international relations, the relations between Russia and the West, the challenges in dealing with modern terrorism are some of the topics discussed by world leaders in Baku.

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