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Ivanov-Topi: Restraint, responsibility in preserving coexistence

April 19, 2012

Source: MIA, 19.04.2012

Each nationalistic or ultra-nationalistic reflex or a climate of prejudice will harm relations between ethnic Macedonians and ethnic Albanians in Macedonia, but also regional relations, said Albanian President Bamir Topi after Thursday’s meeting with Macedonian counterpart Gjorge Ivanov in Skopje.

Ivanov and Topi sent a joint message that people should live in peace and harmony, acting and working in line with rights and laws.

“Every destabilizing or criminal act should be treated as such, subject to investigation by competent institutions”, said Topi.

The Albanian President extended condolences to the families of the victims, voicing conviction that competent institutions would conduct an objective investigation and solve the case.

“Measures should be undertaken towards clearing up these crimes. I reject violence from anyone and against anyone, and we are sending a joint message that people should live in peace”, stressed Topi.

President Ivanov said competent institutions acted responsibly, and the same is expected from other subjects of society, towards finding the perpetrators of the appalling act.

“It is in everyone’s interest to find the perpetrators, because if they had the courage to do this here, they could do the same elsewhere. It is obvious that the region’s progress is not in someone’s interest”, emphasized Ivanov.

Ivanov and Topi agreed that Balkan countries aspire for EU and NATO membership, which is a process that cannot be backtracked.

President Topi is set to meet with Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski later in the day.

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