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Skopje, 1 March 2013

Joint statement of Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, Rapporteur of the European Parliament on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Richard Howitt, and former President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, on their mission to Skopje

Today, we visited the former Yugoslav Republic Macedonia on a joint mission to meet key political partners and to address ways on how to overcome the current political crisis.

We have met President Gjorge Ivanov, Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, leader of the SDSM party Branko Crvenkovski, and the leader of the DUI party Ali Ahmeti.

We came with a strong belief that politicians of this country would find the way out of the political deadlock which is derailing the country from its Euro-Atlantic path at present.

We are pleased to see that the political leaders have finally been able to show their political responsibility and courage to agree on a solution which should bring the country back to the resumption of normal functioning of the political institutions and continuing constructive work on its Euro-Atlantic priorities for the ultimate benefit of the country and its people.

Now we look forward to a swift implementation of the agreement so that the European integration agenda comes back on track, the reform process is intensified and the European Parliament and the European Commission can proceed with their respective reports on the country.

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