European Union signals its intervention in FYR Macedonia

European Union signals its intervention in FYR Macedonia

IBNA Special Report

Skopje, March 5, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

The European Union has issued clear signals that it will be involved in the process of the solution of the crisis in FYR Macedonia. Sources from Brussels inform that prominent MEPs will start their mission in FYR Macedonia, indirectly backed by the most senior officials of the European Commission, such as the head of diplomacy, Federica Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn.

Mogherini declared yesterday that she’s ready to offer her support in the process of the solution of the political crisis in FYROM, which culminated with the wiretapping affair made public by the opposition and the start of the trial name coded “Putsch” against Macedonian opposition leader, Zoran Zaev, who is charged with treason and cooperation with foreign secret services.

Mogherini declared that FYROM is in the EU agenda and that along with EU Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn she’s working for the Balkan and FYROM.

“I read the recommendations of the European Parliament. I’m following  the debate and I’m ready to follow the developments along with Euro commissioner Hahn. Our efforts for the Balkan are coordinated and I’m certain and they will remain in our agenda”, declared the EU senior official.

EU Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn declared that he’s contacting with political leaders in FYROM and that they have accepted the offer of the European Parliament to negotiate a solution for the crisis.

But, according to him, the main responsibility falls on the country’s politicians, political parties and judicial system.

“Both sides must make efforts, they must respect the rule of law, the judicial system, freedom of media and they must have the same political standards in relation to the work of parliament, such as it is the case with other countries”, declared EU commissioner Hahn, stressing that eminent MEPs have expressed their readiness to broker a solution between political parties.

He warned that FYROM may lose its recommendation for the start of negotiations for EU accession, in case the country doesn’t solve this situation in a democratic way.

Sources from European Parliament inform that the political crisis will be brokered by MEPs Eduard Kukan, Richard Howitt and rapporteur on FYR Macedonia, Ivo Vajgl. They are soon expected to visit Skopje in order to start their mission aiming at restoring political dialogue and to resolve the political crisis.

Developments in FYROM have also been discussed in the foreign committee of the German Bundestag, where MPs have expressed their concerns about political tensions and the escalation of the crisis.

Political analysts in Skopje say that the intervention from abroad is the only possibility to restore political dialogue and to avoid the serious consequences that the crisis can bring for the country.

“The intervention of the international factor, including the EU, is necessary because there are no other alternatives to encourage dialogue. This situation requires acute intervention, otherwise we may have a very tense situation, accompanied by domestic conflict and even civil war”, declared analyst and university professor, Ali Pajaziti.

On the other hand, the majority of political parties have backed EU intervention in this situation. /ibna/