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

PRM_Ader_01The 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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