North Macedonia

Northern Macedonia: VMRO-DPMNE resolution supported by SDSM, DOM, LDP and DS, while Albanian bloc abstains

Following the support of the VMRO-DPMNE resolution on the national red lines of Northern Macedonia, which was supported by the parties SDSM, DOM, LDP and DS, also entered into discussion by the parties of the Albanian bloc. DUI demands harmonization of the text between all parliamentary parties, while AA (Alliance for Albanians) and Alternativa await the debate in Parliament.

However, both the ruling DUI and the opposition coalition Alliance for Albanians (AA) and Alternativa have stated that care must be taken so that the resolution does not damage the course of the country’s European integration.

The problem for AA and Alternativa is that DUI and SDSM do not have a common position on the resolution.

“There is a problem. We had a statement from Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani that this resolution harms the country’s international relations, but we also had a statement from SDSM MP Kostadinov that this resolution is good. It would make sense that the parties in power to have a common stance, said Halil Snopce of the AA and Alternative coalitions, urging the government to be cautious.

“It is very important for us that Northern Macedonia continues the accession process, that the government and society as a whole continue their efforts for EU accession, this is the main goal. The government must be careful in both negotiations and reforms.

“Good relations in the region are very important for us and, consequently, with Bulgaria,” Snopche said.

According to the coordinator of the DUI parliamentary group Arbr Ademi, it is necessary to harmonize the resolution between all parliamentary parties as a guarantee that the text will not damage the country’s path to the EU. He believes that nothing to the contrary should be done with EU accession.

“DUI believes that linguistic, historical and cultural identity is not a matter of debate and is not a matter of political negotiations. Therefore, we appreciate the need to harmonize the text of the resolution between all parliamentary parties and to ensure that it does not harm our pace towards the EU, said Ademi yesterday after a meeting with MP Antonio Milososki from VMRO-DPMNE.

Deputy Prime Minister for Fight against Corruption and SDSM Secretary General Ljupco Nikolovski from Berovo stated that his party would support any resolution or statement that protects the Macedonian language and identity. However, Nikolovski recalled that this generation, after three decades of discussions and promising Euro-Atlantic integration, took the right step – bringing the country into NATO with an identity, language and all preserved Macedonian. Our flag, Nikolovski added, is waving in Brussels and the prime minister was sitting with his colleagues and presidents at a table at which we also have a voice.

“It is becoming clear that we all protect the language and identity and everything that is Macedonian. This is not an issue at all and the resolution does not need to be challenged at all. We will support the resolution. We believe that all proceedings will be completed in Parliament and, therefore, we confirm that neither language, nor features, nor identity were put on the table or negotiated during this period. The great world leaders sent a message from Ohrid a few days ago and concluded that our country meets all the conditions for everything we need to do and that the European Union must solve the problem inside for this brake we have. “However, in no case will it have anything to do with the issue of language and identity and what Macedonian is and what has been confirmed,” Nikolovski said.

VMRO-DPMNE expressed hope that SDSM would stick to what was said and support the resolution, without trying to stop it and stop it through parliamentary procedures. He recalled that it contains red lines that protect identity.

“VMRO-DPMNE continues to unite and lead Northern Macedonia towards national unity and prosperity. The resolution we have proposed, which is the fruit of the joint positions of MANU, UKIM and MOC – OA, will protect the national red lines, around which there should be no compromise. This resolution reflects the attitude of the people. It is time for Northern Macedonia to stop bad market diplomacy. It’s time for foreign policy stability. “The time has come for Northern Macedonia for all people,” VMRO-DPMNE said in a statement.

The resolution is still being drafted and VMRO-DPMNE has in recent days put pressure on parliamentary parties to accept it. /ibna

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