Parvanov: The name Upper or Northern Macedonia favors Greece, but at the expense of Bulgaria

Sofia, 12 February, 2018 - 15:06 (META) 

Negotiations for resolving the name dispute between Macedonia and Greece should not be at the expense of Bulgaria, stated former Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov today on BTV “This Morning” program.

According to Parvanov, the fact that the name-dispute between Greece and Macedonia has been under discussion is positive, but he went further and said that he is worried because “talks are beginning to go in the direction of several solutions, some of which are contrary to the Bulgarian interest”.

“Yes, above all, we recognize Macedonia as the constitutional name, but consider proposals such as Upper Macedonia or Northern Macedonia, are solutions that are in favor of Greece, but at the expense of Bulgarian interest”, Parvanov said.

The former Bulgarian President (2002 to 2012) thinks that it is not up to Sofia and its diplomacy how the negotiations will end, and further says, that at some point, it should be in some sort of alignment with Bulgaria.

“The name Northern or Upper Macedonia includes the region of Pirin, the Aegean region does not concern us and we do not comment on it, and at the same time the potential claims towards Bulgaria are up in the ait. At least, it must be discussed between the governments of both countries”, Parvanov said.

According to him, the unblocking of negotiations between Athens and Skopje is due to pressure from the West, most likely across the ocean, alluding to the United States.

Hoyt Yee: We expect from the new government cooperation, reforms, and a solution to the name dispute with Greece

Washington, 3 June, 2017 - 12:55 (META) 

We expect the new government to be a partner of the international community, with the European Union and with the USA, with countries – longstanding partners of Macedonia in the direction of implementing the urgent reforms in order for the country to move forward. It has to solve its problems with its neighbours, including Greece”, said the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian. Affairs, Brian Hoyt Yee, in an interview for the Bosnian editor’s desk of “Voice of America.”

“I’m happy that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Nikos Kotzias, has given a hand of friendship to the other side in Macedonia, expressing a readiness of meetings and talks in the direction towards the promotion of the relations between these two countries, that we hope will bring to agreements that will unblock the road for Macedonia towards the Euro-Atlantic integrations”, said Hoyt Yee.

The American diplomat sees the formation of the new government in Macedonia, led by Zoran Zaev,  as a very positive step and a positive example in the region.

“The decision by President Gjorge Ivanov to grant the mandate to Zoran Zaev is an indicator that the democracy in Macedonia is resilient and enduring. Apart from the heavy moments, it had, such as the situation at the Parliament in April which was surpassed, and the delays and the uncertainty, now there is a government and that is a very positive step. Also, this is a positive example for the other part of the region where the hardships and political crisis can be surpassed with a political will”, said the US Department’s High Representative.

In the interview, he said that US politics towards the Balkans remains unchanged because it is based on American interests in a region that is moving forward towards integration in Europe and its institutions towards a better climate of investments from European and American businesses and generally – a better life for the citizens.”

Zaev: We received a document from DUI with solutions for the Law on Languages, a working group is reviewing it

Skopje, 17 February, 2017 - 14:26 (META) 

SDSM leader, Zoran Zaev confirmed that late last night, they received a document from DUI with proposals for the Law on Languages. He added that he hasn’t seen personally what the document contains, but the working group, consisting of Oliver Spasovski, Radmila Shekjerinska, and Renata Deskoska, are going through the material.

“For us, everything under the Constitution is acceptable  and the needs of the Albanian citizens or any other community of minorities. The proposal should be in line with the Constitution and reflect the practical needs of citizens. With such wide framework, we don’t know when we will make a decision. As I said previously, the proposal arrived late last night and we are reviewing it”, said Zaev.

Regarding the breach of deadlines for forming a new government, Zaev stressed that he believes a solution has to be found fast, and a reason more is the deadline for the local elections that should speed up the negotiations between the political subjects.

“The attorneys are more informed, but I think that the deadline for calling local elections is 70 to 90 days. By the end of February or at the start of March they will have to be called in order to be held on the 7th or the 14th of May. Therefore, the forming of the government is necessary to happen as soon as possible”, said Zaev.

This was stressed by Zaev at the celebration of 95th anniversary of the Economic Chamber of Macedonia which was attended by a large number of businessmen, diplomats, former Prime Ministers and politicians from the Western Balkans.

Zaev also said that this is a great opportunity to listen to proven businessmen and experts about the direction of the country’s policies.

Ahmeti: We should make a good decision and soon there will be a definite result

Skopje, 16 February, 2017 - 21:05 (META) 

We should make a good and solid decision, and each reaction could have fatal consequences, announced today DUI’s party leader Ali Ahmeti, after the celebrations of the 16th anniversary of the armed conflict in 2001.

Ahmeti said that the party is making all sorts of analyses, but they won’t result in a bombastic solution, but it’s about certain issues that refer to the interests of the Albanians and their legal and political status.

-I think that any quick reaction might have fatal consequences. DUI has never been a subject that has caused any problems, but on contrary, it has provided solutions. I think there will be a result soon and a definite answer. We should make a good and solid decision – said Ahmeti.

NATO: Political crisis is pushing Macedonia away from Membership with the Alliance

Warsaw, 9 July, 2016 - 20:28 (META) 

The political crisis in Macedonia is pushing the country away from its NATO membership. This was one of the conclusions in the final report from the NATO Summit which took place in Warsaw.

“Given concerns over political developments in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, which have taken the country further away from NATO values, we urge all political leaders in the country to fully implement their commitments under the Pržino Agreement of June/July 2015, as the framework for a sustainable solution to the political crisis. Acknowledging initial steps on implementation, we renew our call to all parties to engage in effective democratic dialogue and to put in place the conditions for credible elections, strengthening the rule of law, media freedom, and judicial independence”,  says the report.

In its conclusions, the report repeats its views from the Bucharest Summit in 2008, that Macedonia will be invited for membership of the Alliance, as soon as the issues surrounding the name are resolved.

“We therefore strongly urge intensified efforts to find a solution to the name issue. We encourage further efforts to develop good neighbourly relations. We also encourage the building of a fully functioning multi-ethnic society based on full implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement”, concludes the report from the Summit.

Zaev – Haindl: Macedonia needs a Government that can conduct quick and regular elections

Skopje, 8 June, 2016 - 12:51 (META) 

Ways out of the political crisis were the main topic of discussion at the meeting between the SDSM leader Zoran Zaev, and the special envoy sent to Macedonia by the Federal German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Ambassador Johannes Haindl.

At the meeting , they noted that the solution to the political crisis is in the implementation of commitments under the Pržino Agreement by its signatories and that the top priority for Macedonia is the organization and implementation of fair and regular elections.

“For this to happen, it is necessary for the formation of a government that will meet the conditions for elections and their implementation, and the precise terms of the key conditions for fair and democratic elections, which means, firstly, the purging of the voters’ list and providing objective reporting in the media. Macedonia needs quick and regular elections”, said Zaev at the meeting, said the statement from his party.

Minister Remenski: Dime Spasov left 6603 households without social welfare

Skopje, 9 December, 2015 - 19:06 (META) 

During a special inspection of all social welfare centres across the country. Investigators today found many shortcomings in the operation of these institutions, said the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Frosina Remenski.

“From September 2014 to September 2015 the number of households receiving social welfare decreased. 6603 households no longer received social welfare. If we have 6603 households with a minimum of four people per household, the number is 26 412 people left hungry and without livelihoods due to the bad policies of VMRO-DPMNE. As already announced, 1,400 cases have appealed for their social welfare and it is has not been dealt with from February to November 15, 2015”, said Minister Remenski.

She said that the previous Minister of Labour and Social Policy, contrary to its legal obligation, failed to come to a decision on the complaints for around 1,400 families who have lost their right to social welfare.

“The previous Minister, deciding on these complaints recklessly and with no conscience, knowing that he was violating the law, passed on the complaints and cases to a probation official at the ministry, who has the right to decide on the request of citizens in administrative procedures. This officer selectively decided the fate of these families”, said Minister Remenski.