EU calls for dialogue, Skopje doesn’t react

EU calls for dialogue, Skopje doesn’t react

Skopje, 8 May 8, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

The EU calls  for urgent political dialogue in order for the crisis in FYR Macedonia to be overcome, is not giving any effects. Besides their rhetoric, the main political parties are not making any decisive efforts to sit down and talk.

So far, there is no signal as to the start of the third round of talks which has been initiated in Brussels with the brokerage of the three MEPs, Ivo Vajgl, Richard Howitt and Eduard Kukan.

EU enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn has expressed for the second time in two days his concern about the current situation in FYROM. He has demanded sides to urgently sit on the table of negotiations in order to solve the solution of the crisis.

“The situation is very serious and dangerous. MEPs are trying to broker a deal which would solve the political crisis. Of course, there must be investigations and penal responsibility, but it’s necessary for the opposition to come back to parliament as soon as possible and form an executive committee which will work in order to identify political responsibilities for the case in question”, declared commissioner Hahn yesterday during his stay in Belgrade.

The main political parties have offered different solutions for the solution of the political crisis, which is escalating toward violence.

Prime Minister and leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski said, after his reelection in the party’s congress, that he offers five points for compromise with the opposition, but with the condition that it returns to parliament.

“Issues relating to the stability in the country, such as cross ethnic relations, the issue of the name dispute, economic priorities and employment, reformation in education and innovation and other development programs are our priorities. But these issues must not be used for political purposes”, Gruevski declared.

But the Macedonian opposition has not taken into account Gruevski’s demands, stressing that their priorities and issues are not only backed by the opposition, but by the entire domestic and international community.

“Our demands for the solution of the crisis are real and one of them is the departure of this government and the creation of an interim government”, declared the spokesman of SDSM (Macedonian Social Democratic League), Petre Silegov.

Former PM Lubco Georgievski has come up with a solution for the political crisis. Georgievski proposes a closed parliamentary session, with the participation of majority and opposition MPs, representatives of the EU, NATO and OSCE and ambassadors of other countries and the editors in chief of the main media of the country.

“This session is expected to discuss all issues that relate to security, political crisis and the future of the country. Consensus must be achieved for the solution of the crisis in a peaceful way. This is the only way to reduce tension between the two largest Macedonian parties”, declared Georgievski.

Deputy prime minister for European integration, Fatmir Besimi says that the political factors in the country must reflect on all the recommendations of international representatives for the solution of the political crisis.

“Their recommendations to overcome the crisis are important to us, especially for the political actors. Therefore we must seriously reflect on them”, Besimi says.

But, in the recent days, messages for political dialogue have been shadowed by massive protests against the government in Skopje and other cities. /ibna/