BDI: Albanians will recognize Ivanov’s legitimacy if the country becomes a NATO member

BDI: Albanians will recognize Ivanov’s legitimacy if the country becomes a NATO member

Skopje, May 14, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Albanian party BDI (Democratic Union for Integration) has warned that it can recognize the legitimacy of the newly elected president, George Ivanov, in case FYR Macedonia becomes a NATO member in the months to come.

This party has now struck a coalition deal with the biggest Macedonian party, VMRO-DPMNE of current prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, but it doesn’t recognize the president elected in the April 27 elections.

BDI demanded the election of a consensual president who had to be acceptable for all ethnic communities, but its proposal didn’t find the support of other Macedonian parties. This led to this party to boycott the presidential elections and not to recognize any president which would come out of these elections.

But, several weeks following the elections, the party that won the majority of votes among the Albanian community, is now heading toward a change in its positioning.

“In September, we have a historical opportunity to become part of NATO. Our priority is the integration of the country in the NATO, because this is the basis of every other effort in advancing our issues. Our main priority is to put Macedonia and Albanians of Macedonia where they belong and we’re ready to make all sorts of compromises for the NATO integration”, declared for IBNA the spokesman of BDI, Bujar Osmani.

Meanwhile, the two big parties, VMRO-DPMNE and BDI continue to hold talks this week for the creation of the new government. /ibna/