Koha Ditore reports that in an interview for Utrinski Vesnik, Prime Minister of The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Vlado Buckovski said his country “will act independently on Kosovo regardless of its relations with Belgrade. The Macedonian Government must expand its interests regarding the issue of Kosovo’s status. Although Kosovo’s independence does not depend on Macedonia, we should support it with the aim of scoring points among the international community”.
Buckovski also said FYROM still did not have a clear position on Kosovo’s final status, but added that it would be known when talks commence on Kosovo’s status, Koha reported.
“Although the current position of the Macedonian Government could aggravate relations with Serbia… we should remain independent in this respect and protect the state’s territorial integrity. I don’t believe Macedonia’s position can aggravate relations between Belgrade and Skopje,” Buckovski was further quoted as saying. “The only thing left is the border demarcation with Kosovo and I think that UNMIK will be the key mediator for resolving this issue”.
According to the newspaper, the Prime Minister was categorical that UNMIK should be the key actor in the border demarcation process and added that this had been made known in the international community.