New York

06 March 2018

Note to Correspondents: United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenča completes visit to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Miroslav Jenča, visited the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia from 4 to 6 March.
In Skopje, Mr. Jenča met with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Speaker of Parliament Talat Xhaferi, Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, Parliamentary Committees leaders, civil society, diplomatic Community, as well as the United Nations Country Team.
Mr. Jenča commended the Prime Minister for undertaking reforms and welcomed the Government’s commitment to democracy, rule of law, human rights, and ethnic diversity. He offered the support of the United Nations system in enacting reforms, particularly in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
He appreciated the active support of the Government to the United Nations Country Team as well as its participation in the work of the United Nations, at both global and national level.  He emphasized the important role of political leaders, civil society actors in preventing polarization and advancing minority rights and women’s empowerment.
Mr. Jenča appreciated the Government’s commitment and steps taken so far to improve relations with its neighbours, stressing that this sends an important message for increased regional cooperation and overcoming the legacies of the past at a challenging time. The United Nations fully supports those efforts.