Debates in Skopje on the issue of amnesty and reconciliation

Debates in Skopje on the issue of amnesty and reconciliation

A debate is taking place in FYROM concerning an amnesty prooject which aims at enabling reconciliation between political parties. The scope of the amnesty is to pardon a part of the defendants, mainly opposition MPs, who participated in the violent events taken place on April 27 last year in Parliament and where other MPs who formed the majority between Macedonian Social Democratic Union and other Albanian parties were brutally attacked.

Parliament has rejected an amnesty bill proposed by the largest opposition party VMRO-DPMNE. This party’s MP, Nevenka Samenkova said that the aim of this bill is to achieve national reconciliation.

“The aim of this bill is to enable national reconciliation and to put an end to divisions within Macedonian society”, the opposition MP said.

On the other hand, SDSM’s MP, Konstandin Konstandinov said that this is unacceptable and that people should be held accountable for the events taken place on April 27.

“There can never be amnesty for the people who organized the violent events taken place on April 27”, Konstandinov said.

Meanwhile, Albanian parties are skeptic about the amnesty project and a part of them are against it, because one of the victims of the April 27 events was the leader of the largest Albanian opposition party, Ziadin Sela of the Alliance for Albanians. /ibna/