Below you can find the statements from European Commissioner Hahn, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg
Statement by Commissioner Hahn on the situation in Kumanovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Brussels, 09 May 2015
“I am deeply concerned at the unfolding situation in the Kumanovo region and possible injuries and loss of life. I urge the authorities and all political and community leaders to cooperate, to restore calm and fully investigate the events in an objective and transparent manner within the Law.
I urge all actors for utmost restraint. Any further escalation must be avoided, not the least in the interest of the overall stability in the country.”
UN: Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the situation in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
The Secretary-General is alarmed by the recent violence in the city of Kumanovo in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and extends his condolences to the families of those killed and injured. He strongly supports the calls by the European Union and other members of the international community urging the state authorities and all political and community leaders to cooperate to restore calm and to fully investigate the events in an objective and transparent manner.
At this sensitive time, the Secretary-General calls on all actors to exercise maximum restraint and to refrain from any rhetoric and/or actions that may escalate tensions further. He also encourages the country’s authorities to address the concerns voiced by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on 17 March 2015 and to reaffirm their commitment to fundamental human rights and the rule of law by fostering an environment in which opposing views can be expressed freely.
Statement by the NATO Secretary General on the situation in Kumanovo, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia¹
I am following the developments in Kumanovo with great concern. I express my sympathy to the families of those who were killed or injured.
It is important that all political and community leaders work together to restore calm and conduct a transparent investigation to establish what happened.
I urge everyone to exercise restraint and avoid any further escalation, in the interest of the country and the whole region.
- Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.