The meeting of the Ministers of Foreign and Internal Affairs of Greece, Albania, FYR Macedonia and Bulgaria planned for 21-22 November 2016 will not take place. Foreign Ministers of Greece, Nikos Kotzias and the Albanian Foreign Minister, Ditmir Bushati, have said that it is impossible for this summit to be held during this period, as FYR Macedonia is holding an election campaign for the 11 December elections, while the current Bulgarian government was defeated in the presidential elections.
Under these circumstances, Kotzias and Bushati said that the meeting must take place after the elections in FYROM, but without issuing a clear date.
Mr. Kotzias confirmed this after the meeting that he had in Brussels with Bushati: “Regarding the quadrilateral meeting on the level of Ministers, for the other configuration – that is, Greece and the three northern countries sharing a border with us – it was scheduled to take place on 21 and 22 November, but, as you know, the current Bulgarian government was defeated in the presidential elections, while at the same time we have elections in Skopje on 11 December. Together with the Ministers and Mr. Bushati, whom I saw here, we agreed to postpone our meeting until after the elections in FYROM, so that all of the participating governments aren’t in a transitional situation”.
The first meeting had taken place on 22 April of this year in Thessaloniki. /balkaneu.com/