Next meeting between presidents of Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro to be held on 12 July in Ohrid

The President of the Republic of Macedonia George Ivanov has announced today that the traditional meeting between the President of the Republic of Kosovo Behgjet Pacolli, the President of the Republic of Albania Bamir Topi, the President of the Republic of Macedonia George Ivanov and the President of the Republic of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic will this year be held on 12 July 2011 in Ohrid.

The meeting, also known as the Balkan Mini-Summit, was held for the first time in 2009 in Vlora, last year it was held in Prizren and will now be held in Ohrid.

“We expect to issue a statement after the meeting that will emphasise the importance of infrastructural connections in the region. I hope that the process will go on. Emphasis will be laid on infrastructural issues, because we think they are crucial to facilitating the movement of people and goods” – President Ivanov said.

On the other hand, speaking about the meeting, President Pacolli said: “I am very much in favour of meetings and discussions. Anywhere future is discussed, talks can be perceived as nothing else but an opportunity for a better life of the peoples. I wish the next meeting will not only be attended by presidents of Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo, but also by presidents of Serbia and Greece. Why not? It is quite certain that we will sit together with these presidents one day and debate on a better life for our citizens.”