IBNA Special Report
Skopje, June 20, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
Positive signals have been launched in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for the solution of the political crisis. The leader of the largest party in power, VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, who was voted yesterday in parliament as the head of the new government, has sent an invitation to the leader of opposition, Zoran Zaev in order to start negotiations.
So far, the opposition is resolved in order not to recognize the elections and in the framework of its actions, it has given up from the mandates of its MPs, warning for other political steps which would deepen the political crisis in the country following the April 27 elections.
Leader of the largest opposition party LSDM (Macedonian Social Democratic League), Zoran Zaev has accepted the invitation for talks, but in spite of these positive signals and the proposal to start these talks today (Friday), it has not yet been decided if the meeting will take place today or tomorrow. As it was announced the talks will be overseen by the European Union diplomat, Peter Vanhout, who is a delegate of the enlargement commissioner.
Opposition outlines its requests
Macedonian opposition has outlined its requests which will also be presented in the meeting with Greuevski.
Yesterday, Zoran Zaev held an urgent party meeting, where it was decided for the formation of a technical government which would hold free and democratic elections to be a priority.
The opposition has also outlined other requests, such as: the division of the party from the state, improvement of the situation with the media and representation of the opposition in the state owned radio and television network RTVM, the cleansing of the electoral list and the holding of the census of the population.
“This is very clear. This is the main subject of talks between the power and opposition. The task of the technical government will be to hold the elections, where the citizens will be able to vote freely”, declared Zaev.
But, on the other hand, VMRO-DPMNE has said that it doesn’t want to comment the requests of the opposition, as according to this party, they will be discussed in the meeting between the two leaders.
Analysts do not believe on the talks
In the framework of these developments, analysts don’t see the political talks in a very optimistic way and according to them, if there’s a will by both sides, then results can be expected.
Political analyst, Zdravko Saveski says that there are positive signals, but no positive results are expected.
“We may hope that the two leaders will come to an agreement, but all of this needs compromises or concessions from one side or the other”, said Savevski.
Analyst Ramadan Ramadani told IBNA that the meeting between the two leaders confirms the fact that the country is going through a political crisis. “I believe that even this time, there will not be a clear agenda of talks and both sides will unveil their opposition stands. But, on the other hand, these talks will be used by prime minister Gruevski for his political gains in the eyes of the international community, showing them that political dialogue exists”, says Ramadani.
According to analysts, the presence of a European Union negotiator may facilitate the talks in order to achieve a concrete result. Analysts expect these talks to go through several stages. Political crisis in FYR Macedonia deepened following the decision of the Macedonian opposition not to recognize the elections, claiming that they were rigged by the party in power. The opposition has also given up on its parliamentary mandates, by not recognizing the new parliament and the new government of the country.
Citizens demand a solution
Citizens in FYR Macedonia demand a solution to the political crisis and return of normality. According to them, the majority and opposition must secure political stability and the country must focus on economic development and improvement of the social situation.
Ermira Dauti from Skopje told IBNA that the sooner there’s an agreement, the sooner will the country move forward. “We’re fed up with crises. We haven’t heard anything good or a joint political decision about an investment, economic or social solution. Citizens are worried by these negative trends, where political parties benefit at the detriment of the citizens and the country”, says Ermira.
But, Vasko Stefanov, a student from the University of Skopje told IBNA that politicians must be responsible and come to political solutions. “Perhaps, the opposition may have legitimate claims, but we, the citizens, hope for positive results. Enough with political crises and these situations which have had a cost for us as citizens”, says Vasko. The much anticipated talks are at the focus of the media in the country. /ibna/