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Macedonian diplomatic bulletin No. 54-55

Macedonian diplomatic bulletin No. 54-55

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Within the framework of the visit to the Kingdom of Denmark,
Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki had a meeting with the Minister
for European Affairs, Nicolai Wammen. The strategic priorities,
that is to say, the integration of the Republic of Macedonia into
NATO and the EU and the support of the Kingdom of Denmark in
the attainment of those goals were discussed at the meeting.
Within the framework of the visit to the Kingdom of Denmark,
Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki had a meeting with the Minister
for European Affairs, Nicolai Wammen. The strategic priorities,
that is to say, the integration of the Republic of Macedonia into
NATO and the EU and the support of the Kingdom of Denmark in
the attainment of those goals were discussed at the meeting.

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No. 54-55 / 2011
Special Supplement: Macedonia, Information Society Leader 
 Within the framework of the visit to the Kingdom of Denmark,Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki had a meeting with the Minister for European Affairs, Nicolai Wammen. The strategic priorities,that is to say, the integration of the Republic of Macedonia intoNATO and the EU and the support of the Kingdom of Denmark inthe attainment of those goals were discussed at the meeting.
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Inside: Interview With H.E. Mr. Torben Brylle, Ambassador ofthe Kingdom of Denmark to the Republic of Macedonia
 
No. 54-55 (October- November 2011)
MACEDONIANDIPLOMATICBULLETIN
Founded by the
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
of the Republic of Macedonia.
Dame Gruev 6, 1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia / www.mfa.gov.mk • mdb@mfa.gov.mk 
Previous editors: Pajo Avirovik, October 2006-April 2008; Zvonimir Popovik, May 2008-January 2010
Editor:
Vladimir Efremovski
Editorial Board:
Agneza Rusi; LinaOgnenova; Zuko Rizvanski; Shaban Jashari;Aleksandar Trajkoski; Katerina Stavreska;Eli Bojadjieska Ristovski; Edvard Mitevski;Maciej Kaczorowski; Elena Georgievska;Mircela Dzuvalekovska Casule
Photo:
Dragan Todorovski
Published monthly by:
MACEDONIAN INFORMATION CENTRE
Director:
Dragan Antonov
Chief Translator:
Aleksandra Ilievska
 Address:
Naum Naumovski Borce 73,1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedoniawww.micnews.com.mk 
EDITORIALDIPLOMATIC NEWS
Republic of Macedonia – Member of theUNESCO Executive Board
Within the framework of the 36th session of the General Confer-ence of UNESCO, held in Paris on 2 November, the Republic of Macedonia was the rst time elected a member of the ExecutiveBoard for 2011-2015. e election represents acknowledgementof Macedonia’s signicant contribution to the activities of thisOrganization and the United Nations.
Macedonia Celebrates Day of MacedonianRevolutionary Struggle
With a series of events, theRepublic of Macedoniacelebrated the Day of theMacedonian Revolutionary Struggle on 23 October. Inthe Macedonia Square, statedelegations laid owers atthe monuments to GoceDelcev and Dame Gruev.Also, on the occasion of theholiday, the 23 October National Award was presented in Parlia-ment to writer Paskal Gilevski, artist Kole Manev and university professor Tome Nenovski. Macedonia celebrated 23 October, theday when the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization wasfounded in 1893, as a national holiday for the h time this year.
MACEDONIAN DIPLOMATIC BULLETIN
No. 54/55 – 2011
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Mutual Understanding and Tolerance inthe Republic of Macedonia as Fundamental Values for Next 20 Years
When I thought about the word tolerance, in terms of semioticstwo things crossed my mind that can be symbols, not in the literary rhetoric sense of the word as a problem of someone else’s freedomand dierent opinion and the idea that what the other says is alwaysright, but rather as utter pious patience. It seems to me that had it notbeen for tolerance, what we have put in Article 5 and in the Declara-tion of Independent Macedonia that the Parliament of the Republicof Macedonia passed on 17 September 1991, and that is respectfor all human rights and tolerance on all grounds, today I supposewe would not have talked about Macedonia’s independence, andespecially not about this Macedonia – independent, sovereign anda model of tolerance in the Balkans. Not only tolerance on religiousgrounds though but all those ve postulates that the Governmentof the Republic of Macedonia established: social tolerance, culturaltolerance, tolerance of ethnic groups, tolerance of minorities andwhat was the ultimate, fundamental, important and powerful value– religious tolerance. As a young country, we embarked on nurturingtradition, religion, tolerance of the environment, liberation fromprejudice, cultural, identity-related and sociological stereotypes,separation and delusion. We tried all together in these past 20 yearsto create a world of better conduct. e idea of the rst world con-ference on inter-religious dialogue literally united us all in a sharedalphabet, in a semina verbi, in a new way of action in the country.And we did not stop there. Our friends from the Council of Europeand UNESCO strongly supported the Government of the Republicof Macedonia, the Ministry of Culture and the Commission forRelations with Religious Communities, all with a common goal: tocontinue the dialogue of coexistence, understanding and tolerance.We went through the second conference as well, passed two importantdeclarations at both conferences and did not stop there either. Wereceived an excellent report from the Department of State and wemanaged over the past 20 years with all those fundamental rights thatwe established in the 1990s through the political system of the state,through the social aspect of the state, through all the laws, the lawspassed by the Commission for Relations with Religious Communities,especially the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, not to turno the set path of international conventions, ratications, norms of the UN and conventions of the Council of Europe. Being tolerantis listening to the stance of the other, of the dierent, without hold-ing inside conicting opinions and views. at does not mean not voicing opposing views and being silent. On the contrary, the goal isthrough dialogue to come to and seek out a real common consumerof arbitrage of tolerance. rough tolerance we free ourselves also of our need to be polite through restraint and focus on understandingthe other. Only then can we say in a sociological context what wethink of the other and also hear what the other, the dierent, thinksof us. Ethnic tolerance was important all these years. It was authenticand essential and a mainstay for keeping out identity, the identity of the Republic of Macedonia. All the webs woven through toler-ance kept us from falling into the abyss as certain other countriesdid. We persevered on that road and endured the sometimes harshchallenges from the neighborhood. It appears to me that during allthis period, especially in recent years, the laws we passed, the lawon discrimination, which the Council of Europe said must topplestereotypes, barriers and taboos in Macedonia, the law on the legalstate of a church, religious community and religious group, the law ondenationalization, the law on religious holidays, all of them broughtabout a dierent alphabet among the religious communities andamong the very leaders in Macedonia. What we have achieved lastyear with the Ministry of Education with the introduction of Ethicof Religions in schools was also the main imperative about how weshould go further. Without scholars, great minds, young promisingpeople who know education is a strong argument for future toler-ance, we cannot talk about tolerance. As John Stuart Mill says, wedo not necessarily need to respect the views of the other – far fromit – juts to try to understand and tolerate them; just to tolerate thembecause without tolerance, the conditions for rational criticism andrational condemnation, and of course for rational debate, are beingdestroyed. erefore, we are going to leave these past 20 years asconcepts inside any of us, no matter our ethnicity or religion, to telltheir own truth. And their story. We expect a strong echo from theRepublic of Macedonia as leader in honoring religious rights andfreedom both in the Balkans and Europe as an example with a newimage of exercising religious rights and liberties.
Valentina BOZINOVSKA, President of the Commission for Relations with Religious Communities and Groups
 
PRESIDENT IVANOV VISITS ROMANIA
e President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, paida visit to Romania on 6-8 October. Apart from meeting his Roma-nian counterpart Traian Băsescu, President Ivanov also met PrimeMinister Emil Boc and the President of the Senate, Mircea Geoană.All ocials conrmed the good political relations between thetwo countries. In addition, the Romanian ocials said they wouldcontinue supporting unconditionally Macedonia’s reforms andEuro-Atlantic integration. e upward trend in the developmentof the economic relations and the shared interest in intensifyingand promoting this cooperation were likewise stressed. During the visit, business forums were organized in Bucharest and Ploieşti, inwhich more than 80 rms from both countries participated.In the attendance of the heads of state of both countries, theAgreement on Cooperation in Tourism and the Agreement onEconomic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation were signedbetween the Government of the Republic of Macedonia and theGovernment of Romania.President Ivanov was awarded an honoris causa degree by theDimitrie Cantemir University. He also met the Patriarch of theRomanian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Daniel, the Mayor of Iaşi, Dragomir Tomaseschi, and representatives of the Associationof Macedonians in Romania. At a separate ceremony, he decoratedposthumously Liana Dumitrescu, the rst deputy of Macedoniansin Romania, with a medal of merit.
PRESIDENT IVANOV IN CROATIA
Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov paid an ocial visit to theRepublic of Croatia on 31 October and 1 November. Within theframework of his visit, he met his host, Croatian President IvoJosipović, the Deputy Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, VladimirŠeks, and Foreign Minister Gordan Jandroković.In the course of their talks, the two presidents conrmed the goodbilateral relations and emphasized the need for their promotion,especially the economic cooperation. President Josipović stressedthat the Republic of Croatia would continue supporting the Republicof Macedonia in its Euro-Atlantic integration. During the visit, theMinisters of Justice of both countries, Blerim Bexheti and DraženBošnjaković signed the Agreement on Extradition between theRepublic of Macedonia and the Republic of Croatia.President Ivanov also laid owers at the grave of the Macedonianrevolutionary and Vice President of the Presidium of ASNOM, PankoBrasnarov, at the Zagreb cemetery and attended the presentationat the Croatian Economic Chamber about the Croatian companiesdoing business in Macedonia.
EMIR OF QATAR PAYS OFFICIAL VISITTO MACEDONIA
On 17-18 October, the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad binKhalifa Al-ani, paid a 2-day ocial visit to the Republic of Macedo-nia. His delegation included 12 Ministers of the Government of Qatar.At the meeting between Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanovand Sheikh Al-ani, the bilateral relations between the two coun-tries were considered, as special stress was laid on the developmentand promotion of the economic cooperation, boosting trade andthe possibility for direct Qatari investments in the Macedonianeconomy. Views about the situation in the regions of the MiddleEast, North Africa and the Balkans were also shared.President Ivanov decorated Sheikh Al-ani with an 8 Septem-ber Order for his commitment to promoting the dialogue betweencivilizations and religions and the cooperation with the Republic of Macedonia in that regard, as well as for his exceptional contributionand dedication to the development and promotion of the relationsbetween the State of Qatar and the Republic of Macedonia.In the course of his visit, the Emir of Qatar also met Prime Min-ister Nikola Gruevski and Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski.Within the framework of the visit, seven bilateral agreementswere signed, most important of which are those in the elds of investments, employment and air trac.
 
No. 54/55 – 2011
MACEDONIAN DIPLOMATIC BULLETIN
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EC REPORT ON MACEDONIA FOR 2011
e European Commission revealed on 12 October its regular annualreport on the progress of the Republic of Macedonia in the processof accession to the European Union for 2011 as an integral part of the Enlargement Strategy and the chief challenges in 2011-2012.e Report focuses on the realization of the political and economicreforms, as well as on the legal, institutional and administrativeadjustments necessary for undertaking the responsibilities of theEuropean Union membership in adherence with the CopenhagenCriteria. e Report includes also a number of recommendationsfor the necessary activities for further harmonization and fulll-ment of the standards for membership of the European Union.e European Commission in this year’s report too states thatMacedonia is ready to open membership negotiations. Macedoniacontinues to a sucient extent to meet the political criteria, toprogress in meeting the economic criteria, including functionalmarket economy, and to make further progress in the legal, in-stitutional and administrative harmonization with the legislationand policies of the EU. Macedonia continues to implement all theresponsibilities assumed with the Stabilization and AssociationAgreement with the EU. On that basis, the European Commissionrecommended, for the third successive year, opening of accessiontalks with Macedonia, the Report stresses.
BILATERAL RELATIONS

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