Since last week, at least 14 people have been injured in clashes in Skopje and the Albanian-dominated northwestern town of Tetovo. Ethnic Albanians make up about 25 percent of Macedonia's 2-million-strong population.
The clashes were the worst ethnic violence in the country since an armed conflict in 2001 between security forces and ethnic Albanian rebels. Ivanov said Macedonia has "turned a new page" and vowed that "all those who use violence...will be punished."
The OSCE secretary-general, Lamberto Zannier, on a visit to Skopje on March 13, condemned the recent violence and welcomed the quick response of authorities.