Jean Asselborn: There Needs to Be a Solution to Political Crisis in Macedonia

May 27, 2015, Wednesday @ 12:31 in Views on MK | Views: 6313
Jean Asselborn: There Needs to Be a Solution to Political Crisis in Macedonia Foreign and European Affairs Minister of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn. Photo: MIA

Foreign and European Affairs Minister of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn, called on Balkan politicians who harbour ideas of creating a greater state of the ethnic Albanians to forget about it. Quoted by the Serbian Tanjug news agency, Asselborn said that the Kumanovo incident in Macedonia shows that there needs to be a solution to the political crisis as soon as possible, to avoid damage to the regional stability.

Eight Macedonian officers were killed in the intense fighting in Kumanovo 18 days ago, when they acted against a large armed group that took over a part of the city. A total of 10 insurgents were killed, and about 30 captured in the police operation. The group was led by Kosovan commanders and allegedly planned terror attacks that it would use to further a nationalist political agenda in the region.

Luxembourg takes over the rotating EU presidency from Latvia soon. Asselborn said that his country will work to unblock EU integration in the region, telling the Serbian news agency that he hopes Serbia will be able to open several negotiating chapters during the coming six months long presidency.

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