Skopje, 8 September 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
Today, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has marked the 25 anniversary of Independence after separating from the former Yugoslav Republic.
On this day, president George Ivanov called for reconciliation and unity around state interests. In his address to the nation last night, Ivanov said that the country has found the country divided, in a climate of hate and distrust.
He said that the delays in the process of the country’s accession in the NATO and EU, have caused frustrations and a deep political crisis.
“There were deep crises that divided us and now we have a situation where political dialogue and state institutions moved to foreign embassies”, Ivanov said.
Leader of the largest opposition party, SDSM, Zoran Zaev has delivered a speech outside of parliament’s building, where he assured the citizens that freedom will come back and that the country will have a society where all citizens are equal.
“The non democratic powert that ruled in the past 10 years gave a blow to freedom and caused poverty. Freedom must come back and we must have a society which includes everyone”, Zaev said.
Meanwhile, the leader of the largest political party in the country, VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski has been in Berlin where he has held meetings with senior officials of CDU and the German federal government.
But, Albanian parties have not sent any messages of congratulation, as the Albanian community boycotted this referendum on 8 September 1991.
Besides the boycott of the referendum for Independence, Albanian MPs also voted against the new Constitution of the country.
Hisni Shaqiri, one of the first members of parliament since the Independence of the country, told IBNA that there are still pending issues regarding Albanians.
“The Albanian political factor has been neglected. Even with the 2001 constitutional amendments, Albanians remained a minority and in the Constitution, they are known as ‘ethnic community of over 20%’ and not as ‘Albanians’. The problem is the use of the Albanian language in institutions and on a national level, the national symbols, the damaging decentralization and the fact that Albanians are not given one of the three key positions of the state, given that we’re make up for more than 30% of the population”, Shaqiri said. /balkaneu.com/