Skopje, 29 June 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
A meeting will take place today between the leaders of the four main political parties in the country to reach an agreement for the solution of the crisis in the country.
But signals have been issued during the weekend warning that sides have still contradictory stances and no agreement is expected. European Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn will not be present in the meeting of the leaders, although a few weeks ago, his presence was announced in the quality of mediator. Negative signals ahead of the meeting have also been issued by PM Nikola Gruevski and the leader of Macedonian opposition, Zoran Zaev. The opposition insists on the creation of an interim government without Nikola Gruevski as PM, while the latter has warned that he will not resign, but that he will accept a wide coalition, where several key ministries will be given to the opposition.
Gruevski and Zaev issue messages that do not lead to compromise
Prime Minister and leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski declared in a conference held yesterday with the youth forum of his party, that he will not resign, but that he is ready to accept the other requests of the opposition for the amendments in the electoral code, reinforced international monitoring of the early elections and the creation of a wide government.
According to him, SDSM and its leader, Zoran Zaev are doing everything to prevent the final agreement and the implementation of the June 2 agreement. Gruevski said that Zaev is trying to prevent or prolong the April 2016 elections, which were agreed in the April 2 agreement with the brokerage of EU Enlargement Commissioner Hahn.
“I assure you that he will do everything for the agreement to fail and not to organize early elections”, Gruevski said.
On the other hand, SDSM says that it’s Gruevski who is trying to prevent fair and democratic elections, as he knows that he would lose them.
“In his eyes, we can see fear, panic, agony from the loss of power and the confrontation with the crimes and abuses that he has done in the recent years. For this reason, Gruevski is trying to escape free and democratic elections, as the people would offer Gruevski a big defeat in them. Free and democratic elections can only be held by a government without Nikola Gruevski in them”, SDSM statement says.
What will political leaders discuss today
In today’s meeting, sides are expected to discuss on the term of the interim government, which will hold the next parliamentary elections.
VMRO-DPMNE insists that the term in office of the current PM to cease three months prior the elections, while the powers will be transferred to one of the deputy PM. SDSM demands an interim government with a mandate of at least 6 months, in order to have sufficient time to address all the recommendations of the EU Council and reports of OSCE on the latest elections.
Present in the meeting of the leaders will also be the US ambassador Jess Baily and that of EU, Aivo Orav. /ibna/