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Elections in November, examination in August to check whether conditions and agreements have been met


Skopje, 12 July, 2016 - 13:35 (META) 

Elections in November are possible, however with a prior examination in August to see if conditions have been met, and all notes from the negotiations – This is a possible solution, sources from within the negotiation teams from the political parties told “Meta”.

After several hours of talks today between the representatives, Nikola Todorov from the ruling party, the VMRO-DPMNE, Radmila Sekerinska of the SDSM, Artan Grubi from DUI, and Imer Aliu of the DPA, there is definitely optimism among all participants in the talks.

According to our sources, there has been a slight improvement regarding issues such as the electoral roll and reforms to the media.

The option has again been put forward, for the 40.000 citizens who could not be found during the field tests, to report themselves to the State Election Commission (SEC). If they do not report to the SEC by a certain date, their names will be removed from the electoral roll.

As for the issue of the media, negotiating teams have been discussing new proposals, so some progress has been made in that area as well.

Apparently, proposals concerning the formation of a special court and a special department within the MOI for the Special Prosecution’s office (SPO), have been brought to the negotiating table.

The Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from the US State Department, Victoria Nuland, said today that after visiting Macedonia, she will be leaving feeling encouraged and confident in the hope that in the next few days the parties will reach an agreement over the disputed issues such as the electoral roll and reforms to the media for elections.

“I have met with the four political leaders, and I have to say I am leaving Skopje feeling confident and encouraged that in the next few days the negotiating teams will come to an agreement and are currently at the negotiating table discussing various ideas, which will lead to elections. This will require political will from all sides. I felt that there is will”, said Nuland.

The second goal, as she said, was to support the strengthening of justice and the rule of law in Macedonia.

“Today, I met and talked with civil activists and journalists and encouraged them to continue with the work they are doing. This morning as well, I had the opportunity to meet with Ms Janeva and her team. Her work is vital to the rule of law, accountability and a clean legal system for the country, something which is essential if Macedonia wants to achieve its Euro-Atlantic aspirations”, said Nuland, adding that the United States have supported Macedonia’s efforts to join the EU and NATO for a long time.

Negotiations between the political parties continue tomorrow from 14:00 at the residence of the European Union in Pržino.


Gruevski to Nuland: Opposition has to undertake all conditions and participate in the elections


Skopje, 11 July, 2016 - 22:57 (META) 

Elections are the only way out of the political crisis, and the VMRO-DPMNE are ready for them, however, for elections to happen, the opposition has to undertake all the conditions for their conduct, and participate in them. This was said by the leader of the ruling party, Nikola Gruevski at today’s meeting with the Assistant Secretary of State of the US State Department, Victoria Nuland.

The statement issued by the party from the meeting states that Gruevski and Nuland agreed that to overcome the current crisis, commitment and contribution is necessary “of all political factors in achieving solutions that will bring confidence to the process”.

“The President of the VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski stressed that elections are the only way out of the political crisis which was imposed by the opposition, and the VMRO-DPMNE are prepared for them, however, he stated for elections to happen, it is necessary for the opposition to fulfill all conditions, and not to obstruct or delay the process, or to find a new excuses for elections not happen”, said the statement from the ruling party.

Also at the meeting, it was emphasized that the VMRO-DPMNE’s ultimate interest is the progress in the integration process, NATO, and conducting intensive reform agenda related to the EU.

“President Gruevski thanked for the United States for their support, and for their continued intensive communication”, the statement added.


Zaev-Nuland: The free will of the citizens must win at the next election


Skopje, 11 July, 2016 - 22:38 (META) 

The leader of the SDSM, Zoran Zaev, together with a delegation from his party met with Assistant Secretary of State of the US State Department, Victoria Nuland and with US Ambassador Jess Baily.

At the meeting, they discussed the political crisis in Macedonia and solutions on how to solve the crisis.

“We mutually concluded that the electoral roll must be purified, and it must be reliable, also objective reporting of the media, these conditions must be fulfilled to create the opportunity to hold early parliamentary elections in November. At the meeting it was stressed that it is necessary to form a government that will organize and conduct regular elections which will be decided by the free will of the citizens, and regardless of the changes that the Government is making on the Law on Internal Affairs, the Government must be formed in accordance with all aspects of the Pržino Agreement”, said the SDSM.

The party and Zaev in a statement said that fast and fair elections would save Macedonia from sinking economically and financially. Also to save the country from the undemocratic form of governing that has harmed the Euro-Atlantic prospects.

“The government will cause enormous damage to the interests of the citizens of Macedonia, by borrowing with the new Eurobond, the Law on government advertising, and the Law on the Interior Ministry”, said Zaev.

At the meeting, it was also emphasized the need for full independence of the Special Prosecutor’s Office, as well as the professional cooperation of the judiciary and the Ministry of Interior with the SPO.


Nuland: There will be an agreement in the next few days


Skopje, 11 July, 2016 - 22:05 (META) 

The Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from the US State Department, Victoria Nuland stated that she feels confident that in the next few days the parties will come to an agreement over disputed issues.

“I have met with the four political leaders, and I have to say I am leaving Skopje feeling confident and encouraged that in the next few days the negotiating teams will come to an agreement and are currently at the negotiating table with their ideas, which will lead to elections. This will require political will from all sides. I felt that there is will”, said Nuland.

The second goal, as she said, was to support the strengthening of justice and rule of law in Macedonia.

“Today, I talked with civil activists and journalists and encouraged them to continue with the work they are doing. This morning as well, I had the opportunity to meet with Ms Janeva and her team. Her work is vital to the rule of law, accountability and a clean legal system for the country, something which is essential if Macedonia wants to achieve its Euro-Atlantic aspirations”, said Nuland, adding that the United States have supported Macedonia’s efforts to join the EU and NATO for a long time.

In terms of whether received she received any assurances from political leaders to implement the agreement, Nuland said she felt assured and encouraged that the political parties want to reach an agreement in the coming days and that there have been good ideas at the negotiating table.

Concerning the possibility of establishing a special court to process the cases which are led by the Special Public Prosecutor, Nuland said that she supports the SPO’s work and that more options were being considered.

“As for the other support structures, there have been many ideas, but I think what is most important, is for the system to be clean, responsible and efficient. It is a process. Obviously, we would like it to run faster, but, as I said before I even arrived, the US and the EU already have been working very hard to bring Macedonia on the road to elections, and to implement the Pržino Agreement”, Nuland said.

When asked by the media whether the US plans any disciplinary measures, given that last year she left Macedonia feeling encouraged, and the Agreement was not implemented, Nuland did not rule out this possibility directly.

“I hope the situation will be resolved and that we will not have to go in that direction”, said Nuland.


Thaci: I am not a fortune teller to know whether there’ll be a leaders’ meeting


Skopje, 11 July, 2016 - 20:06 (META) 

Now is the time to put a stop to the political crisis, and to start discussing a date for elections, now is the time when we all need to work together, said the leader of the DPA, Menduh Thaci after his meeting with Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the US Department of State.

When asked by journalists whether there will be a leaders’ meeting after Nuland’s visit, Thaci said that he is not “a fortune teller” however, it is reasonable to expect such a meeting.

Nuland first met with the DUI leader Ali Ahmeti, who did not give a statement.

After meeting with Thaci, Nuland went to the headquarters of the SDSM and met with Zoran Zaev. After her meeting with the leader of the opposition, she is expected to meet with the leader of the VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, at the headquarters of the ruling party.


Ahmeti-Nuland: The solution to the crisis are democratic elections


Skopje, 11 July, 2016 - 19:54 (META) 

The leader of the Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), Ali Ahmeti, today assured Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the US State Department, that the DUI party are the most constructive in finding a solution and quickly reaching a compromise in the current crisis in the country, says the party.

The statement by the DUI party says that Ahmeti and Nuland, discussed ways to resolve the political crisis in the country and to return the country to the Euro-Atlantic agenda in an open and friendly way. Nuland expressed the assessment of the US and called Ahmeti ‘s role constructive towards reaching a solution, as well as close cooperation with the US authorities.

“This compromise should result in comprehensive, credible and democratic elections as soon as possible”, said Ahmeti.

The DUI leader informed Nuland of the proposals DUI have made regarding the purification of the voters’ list and the media, and the need for both sides to agree on conditions for elections, and then to set a date for early elections.

“Facing the risk from a variety of influences, Ahmeti sought support from America, and for them to follow our path towards integration into NATO and the EU, and together with Nuland noted that it is a common goal,” said a statement from the party.


Nuland in Skopje to help resolve the ongoing political crisis


Skopje, 11 July, 2016 - 9:26 (META) 

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State Victoria Nuland today in Skopje will meet with government officials, senior political leaders and civil society representatives.

Main topics at the meetings will be bilateral and regional issues, the need to resolve the ongoing political crisis, as well as the support of the Special Public Prosecutor, and creating conditions for credible elections.

Nuland’s visit to Macedonia it’s part of her regional tour, which also includes Kosovo, Albania, Serbia and Cyprus.


Haindl in Skopje on Wednsday, Nuland’s visit still not confirmed


Skopje, 30 June, 2016 - 16:58 (META) 

The special German envoy who has been sent to Macedonia especially to help resolve the political crisis, the German Ambassador to Austria, Johannes Haindl will be visiting Skopje on Wednesday, confirmed the German Embassy in Skopje for “Meta”.

For now, details on Haindl’s visit are being kept quiet. The media has speculated that the Assistant Secretary of State from the US State Department, Victoria Nuland will also be visiting Macedonia, however, the precise date of her visit is still unknown. There are two times she could come, the 6th of July which coincides with Haindl’s visit or the 10th of July, which would be after the NATO summit in Warsaw.

It is not known whether Haindl will try together with Nuland to unblock the political crisis, or whether Haindl will only pave the way for US diplomat Victoria Nuland.

The EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn in Brussels yesterday repeated to the leader of the VMRO-DPMNE Nikola Gruevski, that Macedonia’s political leaders have already lost too much time and that it is more than urgent to return to the negotiating table and implement the Pržino Agreement.

“We need to create conditions for credible elections, to develop the rule of law, all parties must support the work of the Special Public Prosecutor, and to implement priority reforms,” said EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic for “Meta” after the meeting between Commissioner Hahn and Nikola Gruevski.


Victoria Nuland visited the reception camp for refugees in Gevgelija


Skopje, 10 March, 2016 - 15:49 (META) 

The Director of the Bureau for Public Safety (BPS), Gorance Savovski, today met with Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the US State Department, at the reception camp for refugees “Vinojug”. She visited the centre to to meet the immediate challenges the Macedonian authorities face and the conditions in which the migrants are living.

At the meeting the current status of the migrant crisis was discussed, future solutions for avoiding the tense situation along the borders of the Balkan route, registration of migrants and possibilities for further cooperation in dealing with the migration flow in all countries affected by the migrant crisis. They also discussed the humanitarian aspect of the migrant crisis.

“At the meeting it was announced that the US welcomed the efforts to address the migrant crisis and they continue to encourage coordinated and complete solutions that are focused on the human rights of migrants, as well as promoting the correct and humane migration policies,” said the statement from the MOI.


Nuland: There is hope for resolving the political crisis


Skopje, 13 July, 2015 - 14:15 (META) 

Assistant US Secretary of State Victoria Nuland today, after the meeting with Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, voiced hope that the political crisis in the country will be soon resolved.

– It is time to end the crisis. We, the United States, are very pleased to work with the EU. Ambassador Bailey is working together with EU Commissioner Hahn to bring the parties to find a solution that will allow Macedonia to return on the selected path to Euro-Atlantic integration, the road of good and clean government, rule of law and media freedom, all those things that are important for the country. We strongly support the package of measures that were established on 2nd of June. A few more questions that need to be addressed remained – said Nuland.

Nuland said the United States strongly support tomorrow’s negotiations, which will be led by Hahn.

– Today I spent the day in talks with interested parties and the PM in order to reduce the gap and reach an agreement – Nuland said, adding that the United States for 20 years are friends and supporters of Macedonia, regardless of who is in power in the country.

Gruevski said that European values are a guide for the Government in resolving the political crisis.
– EU values are a guide to address the ongoing political ordeals, which is only possible as a legal, political and institutional decision – said Gruevski.

The Prime Minister said that, at the meeting, it was discussed about Macedonia to join NATO as soon as possible, the need for immediate commencement of negotiations for EU membership, as well as trade between the US and Macedonia.