Media reports and (FYROM) Macedonian officials say the entire staff of the Serbian Embassy in Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, has been withdrawn for urgent consultations in Belgrade.

The Macedonian Foreign Ministry said late on August 20 that it had received a note from the Serbian Embassy informing Macedonian authorities that the staff had been asked to travel to Belgrade for consultations.

Serbian officials have not commented.

The Macedonian Foreign Ministry said it “is not aware of the reasons for this decision and is therefore establishing communication with the Foreign Ministry of Serbia.”

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not familiar with the reasons for this decision and is therefore establishing communication with the MFA of Serbia. In accordance with the relevant provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the institutions of the Republic of Macedonia are taking measures to protect the security and integrity of the embassy of Serbia in Skopje,” a statement said.

RTS is reporting it received confirmation that the entire staff of the Serbian embassy in Skopje has been withdrawn for urgent consultations in Belgrade.

Serbian Ambassador Dusanka Divjak-Tomic and the staff, as stated, arrived last night (Sunday) in Belgrade. A detailed explanation of what is happening will be given during the day today by Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić, said RTS.

The news about the withdrawal of Serbian diplomats was broken last night by Macedonian TV Telma, which referred to sources in the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to the broadcaster, the Serbian embassy, calling on the Geneva Convention, asked the Macedonian authorities to strengthen the security of the embassy.

The reporter of this television said that “all the windows on the embassy were dark” while “nothing is unusual was happening in front of the building, and there was no increased police presence.”

Ambassador Divjak-Tomic told Beta that she could not make any comment, and added, in a SMS message sent to the agency’s Skopje correspondent, that they should seek more information tomorrow (Monday) from the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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