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Zaev: Mitsotakis means well for his country and neighbors

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Kyriakos Mitsotakis is an experienced politician who wishes his country, its neighbors and the entire Balkan region well, North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told Greek Alpha TV a few days before Greece’s snap elections.

In the interview, released in two sequels, Zaev elucidates the Prespa Agreement, bringing the two countries’ people closer together, the economic cooperation. Zaev  also spoke about his friendly ties with Greek former prime minister Alexis Tsipras.

Zaev praises the new prime minister, Mitsotakis, saying he is an experienced politician who certainly wishes all the best for his country, the neighbors and the whole region.

Macedonian PM says Greece is a new friend and strategic partner, noting that it was a great benefit from the Prespa accord.

“I am the one who will be remembered in North Macedonia by the fact that my country has changed its name under my leadership. Nonetheless, like in family, sometimes in life you need to take certain steps for the good of your children, for brighter future and well-being of your family, as well s for the neighbors. Now we have a new friend and new strategic partner, Greee. Is this a small benefit? As far as I am concerned, that’s a big deal,” Zaev said in the interview.

“A proof of Prespa Agreement benefits is the fact that it boosted the bilateral trade. The exchange of goods and services between the two countries rose by 20.5 percent in just one year,’ he added.

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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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