Saturday, February 24, 2007

Crvenkovski says Macedonia is not part of Kosovo issue

Macedonia is not part of the Kosovo issue and it cannot tie its future and destiny with developments on Kosovo, Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski said in an interview for Radio Deutsche Welle.

"Not developments on Kosovo, but in Macedonia are those that hold key to stability of our country", Crvenkovski said

The Head of State further said that he understood fully the solidarity and loyalty of the
Albanian population in Macedonia toward ambitions of the Kosovo's Albanians.

"Nonetheless, the loyalty toward ones own state should be stronger than the one toward the fellow-countrymen", Crvenkovski said.

He reiterated that Martti Ahtisaari's plan, as it was presented, is acceptable for Macedonia.

"We will support the plan, provided that no alterations that would affect Macedonia's interest take place during the negotiating process", Crvenkovski said.

He concluded that if no mistake in the crucial multy-ethnic relations is made, Macedonia will retain the basis for economic development.

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