Shekerinska on Dubrovnik Security Forum – 2018: Macedonia has changed for the better

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Radmila Shekerinska took part today in Security Forum – Dubrovnik 2018, which is entitled this year as “Strengthening Resillience – the Mediterranean, Europe and the Western Balkans“. Shekerinska delivered a keynote address at the forum, underlining that Macedonia has transformed from an isolated and captured state into a success story.

“Macedonia has changed. We solved the outstanding issues with Bulgaria and Greece, we are focused on reforms, strengthening the economy and restoring democracy in the country. We believe in partnerships. And I am immensely proud that we are now seen as a success story. There are circles that want to discredit our efforts in the eve of the referendum. But we know that we are on the right side of history” Shekerinska said.

The Mminister said that the hard political work of the current Government has yielded results – we have been invited to NATO. This is a crucial period for us and we are grateful for the support of the NATO members present at this forum, Shekerinska added.

“The new Government of which I am a part has initiated a courageous and daring international policy to make up for the lost time, guided by the sentiment that there is a momentum that should be kept up. In a relatively short period of time we proved that solutions can be found even for such complicated issues, as were our differences with Greece“ Minister Shekerinska stated.

She touched upon the referendum, stating that it is a democratic instrument in function of defining our future state activities on the international arena.

Shekerinska said that the progress in the Region depends on the determination to deal with the opponents to progress who use fake news and misinformation. However, she underscored, this Region has never been so close to overcoming old arguments and is therefore, essential that this support for our efforts continues with even increased intensity in the upcoming period.

“Macedonia is a geographical European state, but our task is to bring the European rules and strengthen European values in society,” Shekerinska said.

The forum was attended by about forty prominent politicians, including Prime Ministers, Ministers and Deputy Foreign Ministers from the region, Europe and beyond, as well as representatives of several international and think tank organizations.

On the sidelines of the forum, the Minister met with the U.S. Department of State High Representative Matthew Palmer, Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó, and Canada’s Ambassador to the EU, Daniel Costello.