Gruevski: VMRO-DPMNE will not agree to prolonging SPO’s mandate

Skopje, 9 January, 2017 - 18:18 (META) 

In today’s interview in the daily newspaper “Dnevnik” , the leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, spoke at length about the mandate, the work and the future of the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO). He undoubtedly says that VMRO-DPMNE will not agree to prolonging the deadline for SPO, “that even from afar it can be seen that prosecution is working under suggestions of certain embassies and it is obvious that someone from outside the country needs SPO to prolong the crisis in Macedonia and for holding a political party in Macedonia as a hostage” and that “by prolonging the deadlines for SPO the crisis will surely be prolonged as well.”

“We had negotiations in the summer of 2015. All four parties agreed and we signed an agreement by which SPO will have 18 months to research and for eventual filing charges if evidence is found. We obeyed everything in that agreement”, said Gruevski.

According to him, “it can be seen from afar that SPO is working under the suggestion of certain embassies and it is obvious that someone needs the SPO to prolong the crisis in Macedonia.”

“I’m saying this to explain that there aren’t any legal or other needs to prolong those 18 months as there are political needs for outside factors in order to accomplish their aims and interests. The idea of prolonging of those 18 months doesn’t come from SPO. I know that, and I don’t assume that. From these reasons we made a decision that VMRO-DPMNE will not agree to prolong SPO’s deadline and we announced that several times”, stressed the VMRO-DPMNE leader.

According to Gruevski “by prolonging the deadlines for SPO, surely will prolong the crisis.”

“Sometime around March or April 2016, and several times later, when it as announced for the first time that prolonging the deadline will be asked for, we offered a solution: if they really can’t make it on time with their work, to increase the number of prosecutors. Instead of necessary hours for accomplishing the task to gain a prolongation of the deadline the same can be accomplished with more employees at SPO that will work those hours during the same deadline. That also wasn’t accepted without any counter arguments. Secondly, if DUI doesn’t want to enter into a coalition with us because we don’t accept prolonging those 18 months and we do that with hard arguments that no one has responded to then I would answer that they can act as they will. Still, DUI know that regardless if we were part of the government or part o the opposition, SPO’s request will not be granted, because both the agreement that dates from June and July 2015 and the Law for SPO predict that for its change a two-thirds majority will e necessary, but an approval from all four parties signees”.  said Gruevski.