Case of Kumanovo is being reflected in the relations between Skopje and Pristina

Case of Kumanovo is being reflected in the relations between Skopje and Pristina

Skopje, 25 May 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

The armed incident in Kumanovo may damage state relations between FYR Macedonia and Kosovo.

This has now become now one of the main debates, because the armed group in Kumanovo was being led and was made up of citizens of Kosovo, 9 of which were killed, while 16 out of 28 have been arrested on charges of terrorism.

Analysts and politicians in Skopje are discussing as to whether the presence of this group implies intervention of Kosovo in FYROM and if this can damage relations between the two states.

Leader of PDSH (Albanian Democratic Party) in opposition, Menduh Thaci, declared that Kosovo has nothing to do with Kumanovo, because the Kosovo fighters who participated in this clash, were former members in the 2001 conflict in FYROM and they were unhappy with the achievements made after this conflict.

Thaci said that those who participated in the fights of Kumanovo must not be judged on their country of origin, but they must be judged on their political convictions.

“They come from Kosovo, but politically, they are people who fought in 2001 under the symbol of UÇK. In the social and rehabilitation aspect, they have continued to be Macedonia’s problem. This is why I say that Kumanovo is Macedonia’s problem and that Kosovo has nothing to do with this problem”, Thaci declared.

Government of FYROM has been cautious on this topic, by only stressing that authorities have obliterated one of the most powerful terrorist groups in the region, where their leaders were from Kosovo.

The majority of political parties, including the Macedonian opposition, demand an international inquiry to clarify if there were interventions from neighboring countries.

Ali Ahmeti, leader of BDI (Democratic Union for Integration), as part of the government, says that the case of Kumanovo requires a thorough investigation and according to him, this case has not involved only FYROM and Kosovo.

“This is not a problem that regards only Macedonia and Kosovo. I believe that this problem also regards the region”, Ahmeti underlined.

Pavle Trajanov, leader of the Democratic League, a party which is part of the governing coalition, told IBNA that the events in Kumanovo have had an impact in the relations between Skopje and Pristina.

“I believe that the presence of Kosovo paramilitary formations in Kumanovo requires an investigation and this will have an impact in the relations between the two countries. There are many unclear details on the motives of this group, their political agenda and who is behind them. However, this must be subject to a thorough investigation”, declared Trajanov. According to him, Skopje and Pristina may boost cooperation in the domain of investigations and may create trust between each other.

Fisnik Korenica form the Group for Legal and Political Studies says that Kumanovo will weaken relations between the two countries and according to him, this is exploited the most by PM Nikola Gruevski.

“Of course, Gruevski will now blame Kosovo on this, in order for him to evade responsibility from scenarios that he, himself, prepared to veer off attention from the protests that the Macedonian opposition will continue to do there and as a result of the international pressure about the way he’s governing”, declared Korenica.

Macedonian media have broadcast the declaration issued by Kosovo’s PM, Isa Mustafa, who declared a few days ago that Kosovo is not involved in Kumanovo’s case. “Kosovo is not involved in Kumanovo’s case. We have never believed that our country has a destabilizing role”, declared Mustafa.

The incident occurred on 9 and 10 May in Kumanovo led to the armed clash between Macedonian security forces and an armed group, which was made up of citizens of Kosovo. This clash led to the killing of 8 members of Macedonian police and 10 members of the armed group. /ibna/