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On 8 and 9 July in the High Tatras, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák hosts an informal meeting of foreign ministers of OSCE member states which is attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov.


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The purpose of the gathering is to foster the discussion on strengthening the role of the Organization as the main preventive mechanism in the OSCE region, to mobilize the political will to utilize the existing instruments for resolving long-standing and emerging challenges and crisis as well as to strengthen the dialogue on OSCE’s place and contribution in the structure of multilateral organizations.

Minister Dimitrov opened his speech with a reminder of one of OSCE’s fundamental documents, the Paris Charter for a New Europe, adopted in 1990 which, inter alia, states: “The era of confrontation and division has ended. Europe is liberating itself from the legacy of the past. Ours is a time for fulfilling the hopes and expectations our peoples have cherished for decades: steadfast commitment to democracy based on human rights and fundamental freedoms, prosperity through economic liberty and social justice and equal security for all our countries.” He called to demonstrate the political will to resolve, through dialogue and proper interpretation of the consensus in decision-making, a series of serious issues on the OSCE agenda, as it is the shared responsibility of all countries.

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Field operations, as the OSCE Mission to Skopje, are one of the Organization’s strongest instruments and can also be used to support the reform agenda of host countries.

Talks at the meeting with OSCE Secretary General Greminger tackled the current challenges faced by the Organization, as well as the need to adjust its actions in the altered security context. Minister Dimitrov underlined that OSCE is a relevant partner in the Government’s reform efforts.

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At the meeting with Austrian FM Alexander Schallenberg, Minister Dimitrov voiced gratitude for Austria’s continued support for our EU integration as well as expectation that it will continue in the future. He also informed about the completed reforms and the plans for the upcoming period, including our expectations regarding the announced October decision. Schallenberg pointed out that the decision to start negotiations with North Macedonia in October remains a priority for Austria and that we can count on their strong political and expert support in the EU integration process.

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FM Dimitrov also met with his Spanish counterpart, Minister Josep Borrell who has been nominated for the post of EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security. Minister Borrell voiced his support for North Macedonia’s EU integration. In addition, Spain welcomed our past and current efforts and the focus on the reform processes, including the finalization of our NATO membership. The situation in the region was also discussed, where it was jointly ascertained that the region’s future in the EU, thus completing the process of European unification.

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The meeting with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Philip Reeker, reviewed the situation in the region as well as the excellent bilateral relations. In this context talks also tackled the ratification of the NATO Accession Protocol and the current reform processes being implemented by the Government of North Macedonia.