Recommendation 1453 (2000)
Honouring of obligations and commitments by ?the former Yugoslav Republic of
The Assembly refers to its
Resolution 1213 (2000) on the honouring of obligations and commitments by
?the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia? in which it:
congratulates the Macedonian nation for its hospitality towards refugees all
through the Kosovo crisis, for its restraint and its determination to maintain
democratic stability, as well as for its co-operation with the international
community, all of which have contributed to easing the dangerous situation in
commends Macedonia on having preserved the fragile equilibrium between the
Macedonian majority and the ethnic Albanian minority and encourages both sides
to continue striving for full integration of this and the other minorities,
within one state that is respectful of all citizens? rights and freedoms;
notes that Macedonian authorities have undertaken many creditable
legislative initiatives which have been interrupted during the Kosovo crisis but
should be re-launched and where necessary accelerated;
welcomes the signature and ratification of many conventions of the Council
understands and accepts that, during the conflict and in the aftermath of the
crisis, among the commitments listed in Opinion No. 191 (1995),
priority was given by the Macedonian authorities to Macedonia?s humanitarian
obligations towards refugees and displaced persons from Kosovo and that action
to honour other commitments was temporarily interrupted.
In conclusion, the Assembly is of
the opinion that Macedonia has honoured its obligations and most of its
commitments and that the remaining commitments are in the process of being
fulfilled. The Assembly therefore considers the current procedure as closed. It
will pursue its dialogue with the Macedonian authorities on the issues referred
to in paragraph 13 of its
Resolution 1213 (2000), or on any other
issue arising from the obligations of Macedonia as a member state of the Council
of Europe with a view to reopening the procedure in accordance with Resolution 1115
(1997), if further clarification or enhanced co-operation would seem desirable.
The Assembly recalls the
appreciation of the Council of Europe of the sacrifices made by Macedonia during
the Kosovo crisis and the other member states? solidarity with the enormous
damage caused to Macedonia?s economy.
For these reasons, it recommends
that the Committee of Ministers:
invite the member states to help Macedonia restore its economy as quickly as
possible, in accordance with the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe;
within the framework of its programme of Activities for the Development and
Consolidation of Democratic Stability (ADACS), step up the assistance of the
Council of Europe with the revision of Macedonian legislation in respect of
higher education, citizenship, the media and police training.
. Assembly debate
on 5 April 2000 (12th Sitting) (see Doc. 8669, report of the Committee on the
Honouring of Obligations and commitments by Member States of the Council of
Europe, rapporteurs: MM. Dumitrescu and Sinka).
Text adopted by the Assembly on
5 April 2000 (12th Sitting).
 The use in the text of
the term ?Macedonia? is for descriptive purposes and the convenience of the
reader and does not prejudge the position of the Assembly on the question of the
name of the state.