Stability of EU depends on Balkans: Hungarian president

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/3/21 0:12:53

Stability of Europe depends on the Balkans, the Hungarian President Janos Ader said Monday at a press conference following a meeting with his Macedonian counterpart Gjorge Ivanov.

"The stability of the Balkans relies on two things, on the increase or the decrease of the migration pressure on the Balkans, and thus on Macedonia, and whether the Balkan countries possess a clear integration perspective or not," Ader told reporters, adding that a clear integration strategy and perspective would have a stabilizing effect on Macedonia and the whole Balkan region.

The Hungarian president recalled that the objectives of Macedonia are well known since a long time, which are the accession to the EU and NATO. He said now it's time to start the significant negotiations.

Macedonian President Ivanov said that EU and NATO leaders must convey a "clear and unequivocal" message to Macedonia, one that gives a perspective in which the accession process is supported and not blocked.

He also said that the cooperation between Macedonia and Hungary was a great example of how a member state and a country seeking membership should work together.

"The two countries would like to continue the well harmonized cooperation regarding the migration issue, which is especially important when the migrants are not coming only from one way, but more," he explained, referring to a new central Asian route being outlined.

Nevertheless, he stressed that the leaders in Brussels should not forget that the most practical, fastest and cheapest route of the smugglers was still leading through the Balkans.

After meeting with President Ader, the Macedonian president also met with the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The latter said that "common faith united Hungary and Macedonia," according to the leader of his press service, Bertalan Havas.

"Hungary regards Macedonia with friendly positions, and is very much appreciating Macedonia's efforts in keeping the Balkan route closed to the migrants, thus contributing to the defense of Europe," Havas underlined.

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