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Initiative “Macedonia Blocks” Blocked Greece Border

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“We are Macedonian, we stand our ground, we will not let non-Macedonian people change our name. They can change their name. We will not allow this. We are Macedonian and we will remain Macedonian. Even if we have to give our lives, we will not allow this,” said the initiative ‘Macedonia Blocks’ led by Janko Bachev, which rallied at the border crossing between Macedonia and Greece.

They blocked the road with a car and arrived accompanied by a police vehicle.

The border is secured by six police officers who do not allow the blockade for entrance from Greece to Macedonia.

The demonstrators yelled “Macedonia, Macedonia” and claimed that “this is our country, we will stand wherever we want to. No one will stop us, not even Oliver,” said one of protesters.

“Either we stand and defend ourselves or they will complete what they had in mind. I told Peshevski clearly, I will not negotiate with traitors. I urge you to go in front of the Parliament and not give up until Zoran Zaev steps down,” Straso Olumcev said.

The initiative, which is made of several organizations, said that it came to the border crossing to make their voice heard.

“We continue fighting. We will go to the homes of the Parliament Members. This is a world battle, they want to erase us,” said one of the demonstrators.

They urged the police to hold off the reports.
“This is for you. Do not mistreat the citizens. Do not be obedient to this government of puppeteers. This is only a warm-up. We will go in front of the Parliament where we will stay to fight this battle.”

“We are here at the border crossing of the two countries. Enough. We cannot take this terror and tyranny any more. We are starting the all-Macedonian resistance until this Government is removed. We demand an irrevocable resignation,” said Risto Mijakovski.

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Arrest warrant issued for Spasov

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Former special police officer Igor Spasov, who has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for murdering Martin Neskoski, is wanted on recall to prison after going missing.

Macedonian police issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday after he failed to show up to begin his sentence. The arrest warrant has been published on the web-site of the Ministry of Interior.

The former member of special police force vanished after ignoring summons to serve time after he was sentenced in prison on murder charges.

The man had probably fled justice to avoid serving a 14-year jail sentence for a murder conviction. He was to report to Idrizovo correctional facility on 18 October.

The murder took place during a late-night celebration of VMRO-DPMNE’s victory in 2011 parliamentary elections.

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Matthew Palmer due in Skopje today

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The US Secretary of State’s Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, will visit North Macedonia on Tuesday.

Special Representative Palmer is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

The two are expected to discuss the bilateral relations between North Macedonia and the United States, including the US support for the country’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic community. They will exchange views on the situation in the country and the region.

In late August, the U.S. State Department appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Palmer as special envoy for the Western Balkans with a mandate to help integrate the region into Western institutions.

US Secretary of State has appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer  as his Special Representative for the Western Balkans.  In this role, Palmer will lead our efforts to strengthen U.S. diplomatic engagement in support of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and focus on integration of the Western Balkan countries into Western institutions.

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Zaev: We can give argument to reassure Macron

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We can give arguments to reassure President Macron that “methodology prior to enlargement” proposal could be converted into “enlargement along with change in methodology”, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev wrote on his Facebook page, alluding to France’s Emmanuel Macron’s initiative for new enlargement methodology.

“We are not only a strategic interest, we are Europe. It means we will become a member of the European Union once we wrap up the comprehensive reform at home. The pre-accession process and closure of chapters will help us make it happen. The accession negotiations will help us wrap up domestic reform,” Zaev wrote on his Facebook page.

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