MACEDONIA PRESENTING THE POSITIVE SIDE OF MULTI-ETHNIC SOCIETY IN ATHENS
As many as 714 ethnic Albanians have been employed in the Macedonian administration over the last nine months, which accounts for 32 percent of overall employments in the same period.
This is one of the results of the Macedonia's efforts for equal representation, which were presented today in Athens, Greece by the Macedonian minister for European integration and health minister Imer Selmani, says an official announcement.
Numerous high-ranking officials and political leaders are taking part at the two-day entitled "Balkan as a source of security and stability in Europe" taking place in the Greek capital.
Macedonia was presented as a positive example for the other countries in the region at the event, whose highlights included also debating on perspectives of the Balkan countries, political deals aimed at achieving permanent peace and stability with special focus on the values achieved through the implementation of the Framework Agreement.
According to the Macedonian electronic media, at the meeting between the Greek FM Dora Bakoyannis and DUI's leader Ali Ahmeti - attending the event as member of the Macedonian delegation - the latter pointed out that the Albanians living in Macedonia have no territorial ambitions towards other countries and called for inclusion of the Albanian factor in the negotiations over the Greek problem with the name of Macedonia.
Besides the Macedonian delegation, representatives of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia as well as of Switzerland and USA are attending the Athens conference.
The list of participants includes also representatives of the Kosovar Albanians and Serbs, officials from the Council of Europe, EU, OSCE and UN.
MD: Macedonia is today probably the most tolerant country in the region towards it's ethnic minorities. Something which we cannot say of host, Greece nor neighbours Albania and Bulgaria.