Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov: Macedonia on the road to EU

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov said on Monday that 2009 was a tough year for global economy, though there were a few good moments for Macedonia.

“2009 left deep scars and we want these scars healed as soon as possible. We want to put these scars behind, but we have to learn a lesson,” President Ivanov said at today’s New Year’s reception for foreign ambassadors in Macedonia.

He outlined the priorities that need immediate address, such as the rescue of the planet, climate change challenge, spread of democracy and keeping peace and stability.

“In the past year, Macedonia will be remembered for delivering fair and democratic elections that demonstrated the maturity of state institutions and of all participants in the election process,” Ivanov said. He also mentioned the EU’s decision to scrap visa obligations for Macedonian citizens and the European Commission’s recommendation for launch of Macedonia’s EU accession talks.

“It’s said that because of irrational reason, because of imposed dispute, many generations of Macedonian citizens are being deprived of the road to progress and wellbeing,” Ivanov said. He called on neighboring Greece to demonstrate a good will and understanding for the right to self-identification.

Ivanov underscored that in 2010 Macedonia will remain fully committed to its goals i.e. to secure starting date of EU membership talks.

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