Negotiations for the solution of the political crisis in FYROM come to a gridlock

Negotiations for the solution of the political crisis in FYROM come to a gridlock

Skopje, 8 July 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Political parties in FYROM are ready to hold talks with the aim of solving the political crisis. The meeting of the four main political parties, which was scheduled to take place on Monday, didn’t take place, and for this, PM Nikola Gruevski said that the necessary conditions to hold talks for the solution of the political crisis, do not exist.

The disagreements exist between the two political parties, VMRO-DPMNE of Nikola Gruevski and the largest opposition party, SDSM (Macedonian Social Democratic League), which are not agreeing on the final point of the agreement which aims at putting an end to the political crisis. SDSM wants Gruevski to stand down 6 months prior to the early elections, giving way to the creation of an interim government, but this proposal has been rejected by Gruevski and his party.

Gruevski: The crisis is overcome with the consensus of both sides

PM Nikola Gruevski said that the compromise for the overcoming of the crisis cannot be reached without the consensus of both sides.

“In order to come to an agreement, there must be consensus between the two sides, something which has not yet been achieved between us”, Gruevski declared.

According to media in Skopje, within this week, political leaders are expected to hold a meeting in a last effort to overcome the crisis.

But according to the Macedonian PM, the necessary conditions for this do not exist yet. “There will be a meeting once these conditions exist”, Gruevski said.

Opposition threatens with a plan B

Macedonian opposition has responded to Gruevski’s declarations. SDSM issued a press statement today saying that if the political crisis in FYROM cannot be solved until Monday, then the opposition will radicalize its actions and that further registered conversations will be made public.

“If Gruevski doesn’t leave, then we will not have the minimum conditions to hold fair and democratic elections. Unless we agree on the point that relates to the government’s structure, no talks can start on other points. But if the talks are not successful, we have a plan B  and will radicalize all forms of pressure in a democratic way”, SDSM says.

Meanwhile, unofficial sources within SDSM say that in the recent days, this party has presented Gruevski with the last proposal for the solution of the crisis, where he is demanded to leave the post of PM five months before the early elections next year.

Macedonian opposition has also demanded several key posts in the government which will hold the elections, such as the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Finance. /ibna/