Zaev: Balkans no longer powder keg, but region of peace, development

North Macedonia, Serbia and Albania are launching an initiative for stronger regional ties and send a message that political relations in the region are becoming simpler and that the Balkans is no longer a powder keg..

11 Oktobar 2019 20:18

NOVI SAD - North Macedonia, Serbia and Albania are launching an initiative for stronger regional ties and send a message that political relations in the region are becoming simpler and that the Balkans is no longer a powder keg, but a region of peace, stability and economic development in the 21st century that is committed to better life, North Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev said in Novi Sad Thursday.

Speaking after a trilateral meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Albanian PM Edi Rama, Zaev expressed the confidence the initiative would make the region more respected and more competitive worldwide, as well as more attractive for citizens to stay in, and enable foreign investors to make plans based on a large scope of available resources.

"We have a lot of potential that we can use and, that way, we will also gain more respect from the EU," he told a joint press conference.

He urged others in the Balkans to join the initiative.

"We must invest much more in intensive work, rather than settle for what has been achieved to date. Our region definitely needs to improve cooperation in terms of implementing the four fundamental freedoms - free movement of goods, services, workers and free movement of transport," he noted.


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