IBNA Op-Ed/A plan to solve the political crisis

IBNA Op-Ed/A plan to solve the political crisis

By Ermira Mehmeti*

The political situation in our country is worsening. This crisis has now sparked reactions by the international community. They are demanding for dialogue to be restored and tension to be avoided. In such decisive moments, it’s necessary to show wisdom and political maturity. But it’s also necessary to have proposals about plans on how to solve the crisis, a crisis which may have a great cost for the country.

Federica Mogherini, European Union chief of security and foreign policy, admitted last week in a news conference that Macedonia is in a crisis.

EU Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn, proposed the involvement of the European Parliament in order to overcome the crisis. The European Parliament welcomed the incentive and expressed its readiness in order to help for a rapid solution of the crisis, following the wiretapping scandal made public by the Macedonian opposition and the “Putch” case, where the Ministry of Interior pressed charges against opposition leader for collaboration with secret services and for damaging state interests.

The need for the involvement of the European Union and the United States of America is bigger than it looks, mainly because after 2001, Macedonia became a success story for their diplomacies and the threat of losing what they have built and the project in which they have invested, is more than real now.

A success story cannot turn into a failure. If the idea for European involvement in the dialogue is implemented, if there are transparent judicial trial and if it’s decided for an all inclusive government to be formed, then the Prime Minister of this government must be Albanian.

In circumstances of an extreme polarization and hostile conflict between the main Macedonian political rivals, the survival of one or the arrival of the other, could not enable a peaceful transition and a calming down of the situation. On the contrary, it would make the functioning of that government format, impossible.

An all inclusive government with an Albanian prime minister would better function: its first duty would be the solution of the name dispute; the second one would be to hold free and honest elections and the third duty is to guarantee a peaceful transition during the institutional vacuum.

A government with an Albanian prime minister would urgently restore the implementation of the Ohrid Agreement in the political agenda, a document guaranteed by the international community which put an end to the 2001 armed conflict and a basis for the solution and the advancement of the rights of Albanians. A deadline would be determined for the full implementation of this accord.

The Ohrid Agreement is a guarantee for the European future of the country and the government must fulfill this fundamental political criterion.

The other problem relates to the degradation of faith in independent institutions and the lack of political dialogue in the parliament of the country.

European emissaries must help in order to change the climate in parliament and restore faith between lawmakers. The arrival of an Albanian as speaker of parliament would ratify the solution of the name dispute with Greece.

Meanwhile,  a foreign professional prosecutor is appointed as General Attorney with a clear and limited mandate for the solution of the latest cases which in essence are political.

Such approach offers a way out from this crisis. Albanians are not party to this strong clash between the government and Macedonian opposition. Besides this, we have constantly stressed that Albanians are a factor of stability in the country. Stability in the current situation is preserved by demonstrating institutional and state consolidating responsibility.

*The author is an MP of BDI in the Parliament of FYROM

** The opinion of the author doesn’t necessarily represent IBNA’s editorial line