EU-USA: There are no conditions to hold elections on 24 April

EU-USA: There are no conditions to hold elections on 24 April

Skopje, 22 February 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

US ambassador Jess Baily and EU ambassador, Aivo Orav declared last night in Skopje that there are no suitable conditions to hold early general elections on 24 April. In a joint statement, the two ambassadors read the stance of the USA and EU regarding this matter.

The US ambassador said that great progress has been made, but there are still pending issues.

“There is still no agreement on the reform in the media, in order to secure equal access. We are also concerned about the pressure and threats against voters and other persons. All of this is a cause for concern”, says the joint statement.

Ambassador Baily said that the elections can be held on 5 June and until then, political parties can work in order to enable credible elections.

The US and EU ambassador said that the international community encourages political parties and institutions to remain committed for the implementation of the Przino Agreement.

Before this declaration, a meeting took place between the leaders who signed the June 2 agreement, but the leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski was not present. Following this meeting, leader of BDI, Ali Ahmeti said that their party is in line with the international community.

Ahmeti said that BDI will not go against the international community. Meanwhile, SDSM said that the international community proved this party right, that without delivering the conditions of the agreement, there will not be elections.

Meanwhile, VMRO-DPMNE issued a press release where it did not comment on the EU and USA’s stance, but it announced a meeting to suspend cooperation with EU envoy, Peter Vanhoute, who is part of the talks between the four parties. /ibna/