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Ivanov calls for honoring judgment of international court of justice 'erga omnes'.

In his address at the UN General Assembly in New York, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov appealed to the European Union not to leave out the Balkans and to continue the process of integration of the region, including Macedonia. He also appealed for honoring international law in the name row between Macedonia and Greece, saying that the Judgment of the International Court of Justice should apply to all parties concerned, or "as the Greeks with to put it--erga omnes".

"The Judgment does not apply solely to the country blocking us. It applies erga omnes to all member states of the international organizations of which our membership is still blocked. With every blockade of our European and Euro-Atlantic integrations, the international legal order is undermined. Tolerating blockades creates a dangerous precedent--a precedent for mutual blocking and blackmail driven by narrow national interests at the expense of the collective interests of the EU and NATO," President Ivanov stressed.

Talking about the Euro-Atlantic integration of the Balkans, the President compared it to a lighthouse directing all countries toward a shared goal and warned of the danger if the light of the lighthouse went out and the European perspective of the Balkans became lost. He said this in view of future EC President Jean-Claude Juncker's statement that no new members would be admitted over the course of the next five years.

Ivanov also appealed for restoring the world order shaken by the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, and the economic crisis of 2008 and the ensuing consequences. In this respect Ivanov reminded the Assembly that during his address in 2012, the first Session he attended since the Judgment of the International Court of Justice was passed in the case of Macedonia against Greece, a UN meeting was simultaneously held on the rule of law and the honoring and carrying out of rulings of international courts.

"Two years have since passed and we are still debating. We are still waiting for the Judgment of the International Court of Justice to be put in effect. The disrespect of the top legal authorities is indicative of the erosion of the culture of honoring international law in the world," President Ivanov said.

President Ivanov also met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to whom he reiterated that with the illegal blockades of Macedonia's deserved membership of NATO, no contribution was made to the security and stability of the Balkans. He also urged the secretary general to make sure the Security Council uncompromisingly honored its own resolutions, international law, international agreements and the Judgment of the International Court of Justice.

Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki, on the other hand, held a meeting with his Greek counterpart Evangelos Venizelos and stated afterward that the divide between the two countries had not been bridged at all. Minister Poposki said after the meeting that the differences between the two countries remained not only in relation to the problem itself but also in terms of their motivation to resolve it.

According to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Venizelos stressed at the meeting that Mr. Nimetz expected the Macedonian representative to confirm the date of the next meeting in New York. The Greek negotiator, Vassilakis, has already accepted Nimetz's initial proposal that the next round of talks should be held in October.
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Date:Sep 29, 2014
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