OP-ED/June is expected to be cold

OP-ED/June is expected to be cold

This article has been written for Albanian Free Press newspaper and www.albanianfreepress.al

By Frrok Çupi

We cannot say that our country will open the process of negotiations with the EU in June. Nobody in the EU believes the “fairy tale” told by the European Commission in Strasbourg on 17 April. The government and the opposition in Albania are certain that there will be no negotiations, but both sides pretend the opposite.

But, that’s the moment when the “weather” in our country changes

A decision not to launch the negotiations would deprive the state of the only asset that it has in its hands at the moment: the opening of negotiations. The state considers it like a gold mine. During its second term in office, the government has offered nothing apart from propaganda and shows. There’s no production, no new jobs and the economy has fallen drastically. Both the majority and opposition came out and sold the opening of the negotiations as a miracle. The majority assumed the role of the master, while the opposition assumed the role of the assistant. People, who are still as naïve as they used to be during chairman Mao’s time, are ready to say “we’re willing to endure shortages of power and water, but we’re not able to endure a suspension of negotiations”. So, what will happen in June when they tell us that there will not be negotiations? This is how the weather will change; an empty promise may create a hopeless and chaotic situation in the country.

Are there firefighters to put off the fire fallen in the house?

If we closely examine the latest actions of the United States and several European states, we will realize that they have started to get the “firefighters” ready for the “terrible” day. On one side, politicians have spread the word that there will be fresh elections and on the other, they will come up with several solutions, without which, there would be chaos as a result of the death of a “dream”. Politicians were wrong to speak with so much assurance about the negotiations. It looks like western politicians have projected several solutions: First–a broad based government between SP and DP as soon as the negotiations are called off and the economy goes bust. However, this is not seen as sustainable solution.  If citizens had faith on the opposition, this could work out. Another project is the following: A prompt implementation of the reform in justice, which could deceive people into thinking that at least, the justice system was taken care of. What ambassador Lu said that he would leave this summer, but not without finalizing the judicial reform, represented in fact a project: Instead of the negotiations, we offer “justice”.

Why are they looking for more anonymity in the justice system?

Are we mistaken if we say that prosecutor Prela, who replaced the Serious Crimes Prosecutor, Hajdarmataj was an “anonymous” person? The same as Mrs. Marku, the Attorney General. She was an anonymous person in the village where she was born or the city where she lived. Some believe that through the influence of the US, they’re looking to apply the Macedonian model, where a woman prosecutor managed to crack down on crime and corruption.   The “anonymous” in the justice system are being requested for other reasons. What they’re looking for are people who are ready to apply the directives coming from the West. Based on this premeditated scheme, they can target politicians who need to be held accountable for corruption and abuse with power. If some “big fishes” are imprisoned until June, then this will be a valid argument for the “negotiations”.

Battle in the parliament or a secret request for amnesty?

Today’s session in parliament sent shockwaves. The opposition took the situation under control and held bombastic speeches, as if two worlds were being divided there: the honest world and the world of crime. However, this game was so obvious, because the majority was boosting the authority of the opposition.

But what was the opposition demanding? The opposition demanded the same thing that the government is demanding. The opposition wanted “minister Xhafaj to come out handcuffed”, like the leader of the DP, Basha said. The request to imprison minister Xhafaj conceals the real objective, which is not to arrest former minister Tahiri. In fact, today’s session managed to achieve this objective: Tahiri was left on the shadow, while minister Xhafaj was “handcuffed”. This is the objective that the majority is looking to achieve. Neither the majority, nor the opposition wants former minister Tahiri to be imprisoned. Tahiri knows many “secrets” from both sides. If he ends up in prison, then he will start talking.

The “comedy” that we saw in parliament aimed at creating scenes of “war”. The more war there is, the happier both sides are. The more they threaten the country’s stability, the bigger is the offer. If the west offers a solution to politicians of both sides at a moment of tension or on the brink of chaos, as it happened in ’97, then the options are the following: a) the departure of the establishment, b) the arrival of young people “without a memory”, c) weapons of war should be handed in and posts need to be abandoned… But what would politicians ask for? Politicians would ask for amnesty!

But, this is achieved by “setting fires” or by offering assurances that Sajmir Tahiri will not be brought to justice.

 Note: The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Albanian Free Press’ editorial policy