Joint statement by the Security Principals Group – the Heads of Mission in Macedonia of the OSCE, EU, NATO Liaison Office, and United States

  •  We all deeply regret the loss of lives in the operation in Kumanovo, which fortunately appears to be over. Our thoughts go to the families of the police officers who were killed in the operation, and to the citizens who were caught up in the violence.
  • Legitimate political representatives here and in the region have all in the past day denounced violence.
  • It is hence our understanding that the armed group in Kumanovo is an isolated phenomenon. We strongly believe that it must not be allowed to harm relations within society.
  •  We also hope that this will be the moment for the country’s leaders to pull together and engage in dialogue on all issues facing the country, including the protracted political crisis and necessary reforms.