At the UN headquarters in Geneva, a Macedonian delegation led by Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski, including Deputy Foreign Minister Andrej Zernovski, had a bilateral meeting with UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
At the meeting, the cooperation between the UNHCR and the Republic of North Macedonia was positively assessed, and the current programs of the UNHCR Office in the country and in the world were discussed. The parties also highlighted the need to deepen the solidarity of states in resolving refugee issues.
Talks also focused on the current situation with the migrants, the challenges posed by the numerous conflicts that result in large-scale displacements and add to the prolonged humanitarian crisis.
Minister Spasovski briefed Commissioner Grandi on the ratification of the 1961 United Nations Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and Accession of the Republic of North Macedonia to this International Instrument.
“This issue is of high priority of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia as a part of the Action Plan for the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the fulfillment of the fundamental principle – leaving no one behind, just as it is high on the UNHCR agenda and the current UN Secretary General”, said Minister Spasovski.
He emphasized that the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia will continue to devote and implement its policies, respecting the fundamental human and civil rights and freedoms.
Arrest warrant issued for Spasov
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.
Matthew Palmer due in Skopje today
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.
Zaev: We can give argument to reassure Macron
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.