Political status quo in Skopje, citizens demand a solution

Political status quo in Skopje, citizens demand a solution

Skopje, 27 October 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

There are no fresh movements in Skopje as far as the implementation of the Przino Agreement is concerned. In the recent days, political parties have stopped all communication and dialogue, while the EU envoy Peter Van Hoyte has held bilateral meetings with the representatives of the four political parties, VMRO-DPMNE, SDSM, BDI and PDSH in order for parties to reach compromise.

Van Hoyte has confirmed that he is holding bilateral meetings and according to him, it’s not yet known when the talks between the leaders of the four political parties to finalize the agreement, which should have been implemented by 20 October, will continue.

This situation of status quo has prompted political debates. Many people say that the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is risking its stability and is heading toward a political crisis.

The failure of the agreements would also have an impact in the process of the integration of the country in the European Union, as this will appear in the European Commission progress report.

Political analysts say that the agreement is now considered a failed one, because it’s not being respected by the parties and all the deadlines have expired.

“Efforts are being made not to allow the complete failure of this agreement, as this would be catastrophic for Macedonia. It would prove that political interests are greater than the citizens of the citizens. I hope that given that the international community uses the “carrot and stick” approach and given that we have already been given the carrot, the stick must be put in use now. Otherwise, we will have regress”, says political analyst, Jove Kekenovski.

According to him, this situation is convenient to the heads of VMRO-DPMNE, “in order for them to save their skin”, because according to Kekenovski, it’s only matter of time for them to be held accountable for the damages caused to the citizens.

Expert of political affairs, Naser Zyberi told IBNA that this situation is threatening the stability in the country, but also the integration of the country in the EU.

“The country is risking the recommendation to launch EU accession talks and the cause for this is the gridlock in the negotiations. However, the EU makes its calculations and this is why the EU is not determined in taking measures against those who are stopping the process”, Zyberi says.

Assessing the role of Albanian political parties in the process of negotiations, Zyberi says that during the whole time, Albanian parties were neutral.

On the other hand, citizens believe that the agreement must be reached as soon as possible, in order for the country to move forward.

Biljana S., from Skopje says that this crisis is having an impact in the life of the citizens, because they are the ones to suffer from the crises. “As citizens, we are suffering the consequences on a daily basis. We have a crisis every year and it seems as if we have become immune, but we are now seeing how a part of young people are leaving the country, having no hope here. This may also happen with us, if the situation doesn’t improve”, says Biljana, a student.

A group of citizens held a protest last night in front of the government building against the current situation and political chaos.

The demand an end to the crisis through the resignation of the government and the implementation of the June 2 agreement, which enables the delivery of several electoral reforms, the start of investigations by the Special Prosecution and the creation of a new government which will hold the fresh elections of April 2016. /ibna/