Macedonia's Foreign Minister Attends Session of CoE Committee of Ministers
Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki took part in the 127th session of the Council of Europe (CoE) Committee of Ministers in Nicosia, as the session is chaired by Cyprus. The focal point of the two-day ministerial meeting was democratic security in Europe, MoFA said Friday in a press release.
At the session, CoE Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland presented a report on the state of play involving democracy, human rights and rule of law. The Committee of Ministers also covered issues as regards the provision of long-term efficiency of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"Provided that human rights are protected for all and in all member countries, peace and stability in Europe could be guaranteed. Different interpretations of rights, depending on what they are threatened by or by whom, is the greatest risk looming on this path. It is Macedonia's interest rights to dominate and the Council of Europe is the place where it should be made possible," Poposki said.
Furthermore, Poposki held talks with Ioannis Kasoulides, the Foreign Minister of Cyprus, at the sidelines of the 127th session of the CoE Committee of Ministers. Discussing EU integration processes, the ministers underlined their importance at times when the departure of a member country could look past matters on further enlargement of the Union, stated the press release.
"For Macedonia it is important Cyprus, being a EU member, to support the integration of all Western Balkan countries, which is expected to contribute to relaxing relations in the region and curbing the probability of conflicts or escalation of nationalistic rhetoric," it was concluded.
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