In an interview for IBNA, expert of security and professor at the Faculty of Security in Skopje, Prof. Dr. Vladimir Pivarov talks about the current developments of the political crisis in FYR Macedonia and its effects in the aspect of security and cross ethnic relations. Will the political crisis be reflected in other developments and destabilization? Pivovarov explains this and stresses other alternatives on how to take the country from the political crisis
Interviewed by Naser Pajaziti
IBNA: How do you consider the political developments in the country? Do you think that this situation will be reflected in the aspect of security and cross ethnic relations?
Pivovarov: It’s been a while now that the situation in our country is not stable, sometimes at a weak intensity, but in different periods, more problematic. The crisis recently culminated after every publication of registered conversations that reveal the criminal acts carried out by state senior officials. This situation has damaged the system of security. The culmination of all of these scandals is the political and controlled judicial system, where the citizens no longer have faith, due to an extreme political influence and extreme corruption. Political confrontations are a project of political structures that use it for their needs. This way, they keep their voters under the fear of destabilization, instead of offering a better living.
I can easily say that cohabitation between Macedonians and Albanians is excellent and there exists mutual respect.
Unfortunately, Albanian and Macedonian politicians care about their own issues, while on the other hand, they try to show themselves as great patriots and saviors of the country.
IBNA: In the geo strategic plan, the current government has recently applied a policy with double standards, on one hand it’s committed for accession in the NATO and EU and on the other, it has announced Russia as a strategic partnership. How do you consider this policy?
Pivovarov: Every country has its geo strategic objectives which it plans in the medium term and long term. The states with small capacities have no clear objectives and they only declared that they have high scopes. Although we’re determined for Euro Atlantic integration, political and state leaders are only spreading populism. They are aware that the eventual accession in the NATO and EU will make their kleptomaniac fairy tales obsolete. I’m convinced that these politicians want us to be far from these organizations. They can only govern like they govern today and they want to remain in power as long as possible. However, every other partnership is welcomed, in case the interests of the state are reflected. But every other distancing from strategic objectives has a counter effect even in the economic plan.
IBNA: How do you consider the different opinions that after the publication of the wiretapping scandal, this government no longer enjoys legitimacy and that the request of the opposition for an interim government as a solution to the crisis must be accepted?
Pivovarov: From what the opposition is offering to the public opinion in the recent days, we’re seeing that the citizens are understanding the truth. The crisis is deepening, bearing in mind the fact that political protagonists are not taking a responsibility for this situation and the facts that are being revealed in these conversations. This is deepening the political crisis. It’s been a while that the credibility of the government has seen a fall. The wellbeing of our country is a narration which is being spread by pro government media, while reality is sad and painful.
IBNA: What is the most acceptable solution that will take the country from this crisis and the full stabilization of the general situation?
Pivovarov: The crisis can only be solved through political dialogue and the solution is an interim government, which will have a responsibility to hold free and democratic relations (because so far, we’ve had criminal elections).
There must be a radical cleansing of the judicial system and prosecution, in order to process all criminal acts that have led the country to this crisis. However, do the current politicians that have brought the country to the abyss have the moral to accept a solution? The solution comes with strong pressure by the international community in order to avoid the radicalization of the situation. /ibna/