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Xhaferi heads for Kazakhstan on official visit

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North Macedonia’s Parliament President Talat Xhaferi participates in the Fourth Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments, taking place in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan, 23-24 September.

With the theme, ‘Greater Eurasia: Dialogue, Trust, Partnership’, speakers of participating country parliaments and delegations convened in the city to discuss ways to ensure safe and stable development of the Eurasian space, and implementation of major economic integration projects of the 21st century.

The programme also provides a platform for parliamentarians of the world’s largest continent to exchange legislative experience, coordinate their efforts and contribute to improve the well-being of people in their respective countries.

Thee fourth meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments has brought together parliamentary heads and delegations from 65 European and Asian countries, including Malaysia.

The two-day event at the Palace of Independence in the capital city of Kazakhstan is also attended by representatives from 14 international parliamentary organizations.

These include the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) parliamentary assemblies, Inter-Parliamentaries Union, Asian Parliamentary Assembly, Asian Forum of Parliamentarians of Population and Development, European Parliament, the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Parliamentary Union.

After the completion of the multilateral forum, Xhaferi will proceed with the official visit of Kazakhstan at an invitation of the Chairman of the Mazhilis (Lower House) of the Kazakh Parliament, Nurlan Nigmatulin.

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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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