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I join others in thanking Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov for his presentation.
Norway is aligned with the statement of the European Union, but would like to add a few remarks.
We welcome the recent political progress in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It is a step in the right direction.
We share Foreign Minister Dimitrov’s view on the importance for your country to prioritize the work on urgently needed reforms. Your presentation and the Plan 3-6-9 plan, clearly shows the many challenges you are facing in implementing the reform priorities.
We support your government in moving forward with these necessary reforms and with Euro-Atlantic integration. For these to succeed, it is imperative that all the major political parties are involved in the political process and work together. Without this required cooperation, there is a risk, best avoided, of further polarization.
Norway will continue to be a partner of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in support of your reform process. We will be there with you as you work your way into the European communities.