Statement of Ambassador Baily, March 2, 2017

The United States was disappointed to learn yesterday that President Ivanov declined to offer to representatives having a clear Parliamentary majority the opportunity to form a new government.

We believe that this was inconsistent with basic democratic principles and the rule of law, which are core values of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

As a strategic partner of Macedonia, as a friend, and with full respect for Macedonia’s sovereignty and unity, we urge President Ivanov to reconsider this decision. At the same time, we urge Macedonia’s neighbors to exercise restraint and be constructive at this moment of heightened political sensitivity in the country.

Thank you very much!