Ohrid Summit urges for accelerated EU-integration of Balkan region
13. July 2011. | 12:08
Source: Emg.rs, Beta, MIA
Macedonian President Djordje Ivanov hosted the summit which was attended by the presidents of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic, Albania, Bamir Topic, and Kosovo, Atifeta Jahjaga. The future of FYRMacedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo is in their integration with the European Union and NATO - a strategic goal that unites the four countries.
The presidents of FYRMacedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo agreed at a mini regional summit in Ohrid on July 12 that these states needed to cooperate to ensure speedy entry into the EU and NATO, and also urged for a more intensive dialog between Belgrade and Pristina.
Macedonian President Djordje Ivanov hosted the summit which was attended by the presidents of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic, Albania, Bamir Topic, and Kosovo, Atifeta Jahjaga.
The future of FYRMacedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo is in their integration with the European Union and NATO - a strategic goal that unites the four countries.
Bolstering the economic cooperation, free flow of people and capital, promoting the entrepreneurship, regional investments, linking the chambers of commerce and launching joint projects for attracting investments are the tools for accelerating the integration processes, reads a joint message Presidents Gjorge Ivanov, Bamir Topi, Filip Vujanovic and Atifete Jahjaga respectively have sent Tuesday from the 3.regional summit, held in Ohrid.
Ivanov said that he and his colleagues dicussed about several crucial topics that should facilitate their countries' road to the EU, NATO membership, accelerate the development of each society, as well as contribute to region's stability, security and prosperity.
Meetings, such as this in Ohrid, offer opportunity for nourishing, advancing the dialogue among the countries at the highest level and play significant role in realization of their common goals, above all the region's swift accession to the EU and NATO, Macedonia's President said.
A message from the Ohrid summit is that countries of the region share same challenges that may be surpassed by joint efforts, Ivanov said.
"Our future is uniting us and these meetings, which should set an example to parliaments, governments, chamber of commerce, NGOs, are being organized to that effect. What we have been doing at a presidential level and has been established as a dialogue should be felt by citizens...On the way to realizing the strategic goals - EU, NATO membership, we have been meeting the standards, which make our societies compatible, brings security and certain future to our citizens," Ivanov said.
Montenegro, which host the next regional Summit, will invite Serbia to join the event, Vujanovic said.
He believes that Belgrade-Pristina dialogue will bring benefit to the two countries, but also contribute to the quality and stability of the relations in the region.
"We expect Belgrade and Pristina to demonstrate readiness for raising the dialogue at the highest level and a regional message under the European Commission's auspices to be sent from Vienna for accelerating the process," Vujanovic said, expressing belief in the democratic capacity of Serbia, Kosovo Presidents and in the dialogue as only tool for settling the open issues.
"The [ongoing] dialog between Belgrade and Pristina is in the interest of quality relations in the region," Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic remarked.
He added that the next regional meeting needed to be held in Podgorica and that he hoped that Serbian President Boris Tadic would attend.
Albanian President Bamir Topi said that "direct negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo will help promote further regional cooperation and bring more peace and tolerance" and also expressed hope that the Serbian president would participate in the next regional summits.
Topi also notified the new Balkan reality, saying that it should be viewed as a region of countries connected by a common objective - the EU, NATO membership.
He wished for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue to bring concrete results.
We may only support this dialogue, which will bring more peace, cooperation among the countries, Topi said.
Jahjaga expressed similar expectations, namely that other countries of the region would join these summits. Broadening of the cooperation will speed up the region's EU-integration, she said.