IBNA Special Report
Skopje, June 27, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
Debates are taking place in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in relation to the name dispute and the integration of the country in the NATO and EU.
The debates have become even stronger as NATO has warned that there will not be invitations for aspiring countries in the Cardiff summit in September. This warning was received with different comments in Skopje. Some say that the country must look into new alternatives and change the name, in order to become part of an international organization.
A group of intellectuals and university professors in FYROM suggest that negotiations with Greece on the name dispute must be stopped.
Such idea is promoted by Blagoja Markovski, head of the Balkan Forum for Security and professor in the Faculty for Security in Skopje.
“I believe that the name of Macedonia cannot be equal to any organizations or associations. Based on legal norms, Macedonia must demand the solution of the name dispute with the southern neighbor and if this doesn’t have successful outcomes, then Macedonia must look for other alternatives”, says professor Markovski for IBNA.
Professor Ivan Babanovski says that such idea to stop negotiations must be backed and new alliances, important for the country, must be sought.
“Our alternative consists on friendly relations with Turkey, on the Euro-Asian integration, to exploit the friendly relations that we have with the Russian Federation and China, which are ready to help us become members in the biggest future economic, political and military power in the world”, says Babanovski.
But, Jove Kekenovski, professor at the University of Skopje and presidential nominee within VMRO-DPMNE, has a different opinion.
“Such long disputes like the one of the name bring insecurities for a state and of course, if this issue is delayed even further, international institutions will take our fate and history in their hands. Then, there will be a marginalization of the sides involved in this dispute and someone else will decide on our fate. Therefore, I think that the name dispute must be resolved as soon as possible and I see this solution through legal measures”, said Kekenovski.
According to him, it would not be wise for the moment to look for other alternatives and that it would be better to act like Serbia, which has good relations with both the EU and Russia.
Albanian intellectual and analysts believe that the name dispute should be resolved as soon as possible and that it’s dangerous to look for new alternatives.
The head of the Euro Atlantic Committee in FYROM, Ismet Ramadani says that the international factor may intervene through an arbitrary solution of the name dispute.
He’s reserved about the possibility of the accession of FYROM in the NATO in the September summit and says that the failure to do this may cause a crisis in the governing coalition.
“If there was a situation of crisis in Macedonia, then the foreign community would be more present in our country. I even believe that there will be an arbitrary solution to the name dispute with the involvement of the UN Security Council member countries”, says Ramadani.
The new government of prime minister Nikola Gruevski, has included integration in the NATO and EU as a priority in the new government program, but on the other hand, the change of the constitutional name of the country is not accepted. Albanian party of the coalition, BDI (Democratic Union for Integration) has warned that in case there are no positive signals for the accession of the country in the NATO in September, then it may abandon the governing coalition. /ibna/