Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the successful mediation talks in Skopje

16.07.2015 - Press release

Whilst on a visit to Cuba, Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement today (16 July) on the successful mediation talks between EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn and the leaders of the four Macedonian parties in Skopje:

I welcome the agreement as a big step towards overcoming the macedonian crisis. The success is largely down to Commissioner Hahn’s tireless efforts to find a compromise.

It is now vital for those responsible in the country to consistently implement the envisaged reforms in order to provide a level playing-field ahead of the elections. The overarching aim must be to create the conditions for free and fair elections in April 2016.

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