Report: Int'l Fact-finding Mission to the Republic of Macedonia
- Dear Colleagues,
From April 23 to 29, 2001 a delegation of prominent experts and opinion leaders from Southeastern Europe, the EU and the USA, was on a seven-day fact-finding mission to the Republic of Macedonia. The mission was initiated by the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), following the interethnic crisis in the Republic of Macedonia from March 2001.
The mission was supported by the Regional Networking Project, sponsored by Freedom House, with funding provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The international fact-finding mission aimed at evaluating the situation in Macedonia following the crisis in the country from March 2001. In pursuit of this goal contacts were established and interviews were conducted with representatives of various institutions, political leaders and civic activists in the Republic of Macedonia. A report was drafted, outlying the current problems and suggesting a set of recommendations for improving the interethnic relations and the security situation in the country.
The mission was arranged as follows:
From April 23 to 27, 2001 the members of the mission met with representatives of Macedonia's political elite and civic activists. On a workshop on April 28 and 29, mission participants discussed the framework of the mission's report. The first draft of the mission's recommendations was presented at a regional conference on European Multi-ethnic Macedonia versus Another Balkan Scenario, organized in Ohrid by the Euro-Balkan Institute, Skopje.
On May 21 and 22, 2001, mission's report was presented to officials from: the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU, General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, the European Commission Directorate General for External Relations, the International Crisis Group.
The report was also presented and discussed at a major public event at the Center for European Policy Studies in Brussels on May 22, 2001.
A presentation of the report, organized by the Hudson Institute, will take place in Washington DC in June 2001.
The European Integration and Regional Stability Program of the Open Society Foundation-Sofia, provides support to follow-up activities of the International Fact-finding Mission.
Attached is the report of the International Fact-finding Mission to the Republic of Macedonia.
Should you need further information, please, do not hesitate to contact me.
Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS)
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