IBNA Special Report/Experts: Skopje is sending negative messages to the international community

IBNA Special Report/Experts: Skopje is sending negative messages to the international community

By Naser Pajaziti

Skopje, July 26, 2013

Experts of political issues and international affairs in Skopje launch criticism against the government for the deadlock in the process of the solution of the name dispute. According to them, this “status quo” is increasingly putting at risk the process of the integration of the country in the Euro Atlantic structures.

Former Foreign Minister and professor of international law, Denko Maleksi says that the country’s European integration process has been stuck in a deadlock, because the name dispute hasn’t been resolved yet and this issue is one of the main conditions which must be met. According to him, authorities in Skopje are controversial in the aspect of offering a concrete solution for the name dispute with Greece.

“Skopje is increasingly sending controversial signals, starting from euphoric declarations that we’re ready to resolve this problem, to the negotiations of a high level and to stances which show that there’s not a readiness to find a solution to this issue”, said Maleski.

Political analyst, Albert Musliu said that Skopje must seriously consider the advices of the international community. According to him, the constant appeals of the international community must be perceived as a signal that this community is losing its patience. “The worst that can happen is that our international partners might lose their interest about us and may take us off the agenda”, said analyst Musliu.

Analyst for international affairs, Muhamer Pajaziti said that FYROM is not interested to resolve the name dispute with Athens and that this period is being used to buy more time. “The government in Skopje is not interested in resolving this issue and this is obvious because we don’t have any incentive or strategic interest by the government. The Albanian factor in the government is showing more interest than Prime Minister Gruevski, who comes up with incentives which will receive negative replies from Athens”, said Pajaziti.

According to him, besides the name dispute, FYROM is also facing an internal problematic issue such as the failure to meet the obligations that stem from the Ohrid Agreement, problems with the advancement of the Albanian positioning in the institutional and legal aspect, lack of reforms, corruption and organized crime, problems with freedom of the media, etc. /ibna/