Opposition demands a political and not a legal solution of the crisis in FYR Macedonia

Opposition demands a political and not a legal solution of the crisis in FYR Macedonia

IBNA Special Report

Skopje, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Macedonian opposition demands a political solution and not e legal one in relation to the wiretapping scandal that incriminated government officials in corruption, criminal actions and other illegal acts.

Leader of the opposition party LSDM (Macedonian Social Democratic Union), Zoran Zaev demands a political solution of the crisis, as he has clearly expressed that he doesn’t have faith on the current justice institutions, which according to him, are influenced by politics.

“This must have a political epilogue. There is no legal solution and I don’t expect that to happen. We must be patient in revealing the truth to the public, after which, elections will follow”, Zaev declared. Indirectly, Zaev has admitted a gradual political solution of the crisis, first through an interim government.

Zaev says that he doesn’t have faith on justice authorities, which according to him, are controlled by the government.

Albanian opposition party PDSH (Albanian Democratic Party) proposed the appointment of an investigation parliamentary committee for the solution of the crisis.

“We demand the appointment of an inquiry committee with the participation of parliamentary parties and this committee must handle the wiretappings taken place in the country since 1993. We must admit that there’s a serious crisis in the justice system and the media, which are under the direct control of the government. The inquiry committee may be the only one to solve the problems that the state faces, therefore there must be engagement from all parties to come up with a solution”, declared leader of PDSH, Menduh Thaci.

But, even this offer has been rejected by the Macedonian opposition leader.

One of the protagonists of the political scene, Ziadin Sela, who is also mayor of Struga and leader of a new political movement, told IBNA that there must be a European justice mission in the country, similar to EULEX in Kosovo.

“I believe that only a European mission for the rule of law may bring back trust on the justice system. That’s when trust will be restored and the justice system will function. At the same time, the faith of the citizens will also be restored and government or the justice system cannot take outrageous decisions”, Sela declared.

So far, it’s not yet known what will be the model which will be used to overcome the tensioned political situation. There are expectations from the international community. EU Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn has offered support in order for the European Parliament to be involved in the solution of the crisis, while the Italian ambassador to Skopje, Ernesto Massimo, declared during the weekend that the EU is ready to send a negotiator.

This offer of negotiation is considered to be the most acceptable one by the Macedonian opposition and it says that the international community must be a strong guarantor of every agreement which would help in solving the crisis.

Former Foreign minister, Denko Maleski, says that this problem must be solved by political actors in the country. “We must solve this situation on our own. Of course there must be a total restructuring of the state machinery and it would be good to see the resignation of the main state figures. Then we should see a political accord between political parties, thus creating a normal situation in the functioning of the judicial system”, says Maleski, adding that if the situation becomes even more tense, then according to him, the international factor will intervene.

Western European diplomats have encouraged all political sides in the country to find a solution in order to overcome the situation through a trusted and transparent investigation. /ibna/