Macedonian prime minister's plane forced to land in Zurich‏

Prime Minister Gruevski’s plane malfunctioned heading back to Macedonia

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s plane experienced an emergency landing in Zurich on the way from Strasbourg to Skopje.

Government spokesman Aleksandar Gjorgiev said that “PM Gruevski and all the other passengers on the plane are in good condition.”

“According to initial information, I’m able to confirm that while flying back from Strasbourg, a malfunction was detected on the government plane carrying Premier Gruevski and his associates forcing the aircraft to land in Zurich,” spokesman said.

“[The passengers] say they have heard a loud and piercing sound, which led to depressurization. Immediately, the pilot tried to lower the altitude in a bid to drop the pressure and make an emergency landing.”

The plane was transferred to Nuremberg, Germany.

Gruevski and opposition leader Zoran Zaev met in Strasbourg, France to resolve the political crisis in Macedonia. There were no press releases after Tuesday’s meeting.

On Wednesday, Zaev said after returning to Skopje that he and Gruevski have “still have not entered into negotiations therefore nothing is announced in details.”

The European Parliament has stated that both parties agreed “to put the interest of the country first” and both of them stressed their commitment to the EU integration process.

After the meeting it was officially announced that talks will continue in Skopje on May 26.

Prime Minister Gruevski participated in the European People’s Party [EPP] meeting in the European parliament before returning to the Macedonian capital Skopje.

Gruevski said that becoming an EU and NATO member is Macedonia’s main aim and to achieve the goal, the Macedonian government is ready to apply required reforms.

Macedonian Foreign Ministry wants stability

Macedonian Foreign Mİnistry release a statement after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s claims on Bulgarian intention to annexate Macedonia, and Albania’ Prime Minister Edi Rama’s threats on cancelling Macedonia’s NATO membership.

The Foreign Ministry said that “blockades, threats and excuses are not in line with European values and do not contribute to the stability in the region.”

"Macedonia's strategic goal is to integrate in the EU and NATO. [With our] cultural, ethnic, religious diversities … we are all together united for a European future for Macedonia,” the statement said.

“Honest cooperation and unanimous support by our neighbors and international partners are necessary. Macedonia will continue to actively work on the constant strengthening of the cooperation with all our neighbors and partners in the interest of the region's development."

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