Tusk urges Macedonia to form new government

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) " European Council President Donald Tusk has urged political parties in Macedonia to form a new government and warned that the country's extended crisis is hurting efforts to deepen integration with Western alliances.

Macedonia was thrown into political paralysis after the December election produced a hung parliament. Parties representing Macedonia's ethnic Albanian minority demanded concessions to join any coalition " including making Albanian an official language beyond minority areas.

That demand triggered daily protests in Macedonia's main cities for more than a month

The long-governing conservatives have refused to discuss the demands, while opposition Social Democrats have been denied a mandate by the country's President Gjorge Ivanov.

After meeting Tusk Monday, Ivanov said his position remained unchanged.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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