Dimitrov: Macedonia is strengthened by the Agreement, nobody will divide or separate us

Skopje, 17 August, 2018 - 12:24 (META) 

With the Agreement with Greece, Macedonia is consolidating on the world stage as a state. No one will split or divide us, on the contrary, Macedonia is becoming a full member of NATO and is beginning negotiations with the EU, Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said in an interview with “Television 24”.

The Foreign Minister will answer questions from citizens regarding the agreement with Greece and the upcoming referendum concerning the name of the country, when he will appear on TV show “Ask the Minister” once a week from next Thursday. Using live footage of social media, they will collect questions for a few days and then once a week, on Thursday, he will respond to them.

Dimitrov said that he still does not know how much the organization of the referendum would cost, in his opinion, it is more important to explain to the public the basic elements and benefits of the signed agreement with Greece. He called on people to read the Agreement which is available on the Government’s website.

He considers the explanation his duty because he is a signatory to the Treaty, and considers his support as a national and generational obligation in strengthening the state and its identity.

“It is my duty to do everything I can to explain to the people, because we face a historical crossroads, and the decision is ours. Because the stake is so huge, in front of everyone there is a very responsible decision to be made – where do we want Macedonia to in the future”, stressed Dimitrov, he went on to say that it will be difficult for the country to survive and develop if it is not in the EU and NATO alliances.

He repeated that by accepting the Agreement, the name of the state would be the Republic of Northern Macedonia, for which the Constitution should be open to change, whether citizenship will be Macedonian or a citizen of Northern Macedonia, the anthem remains unchanged, the language remains Macedonian.

“Ethnically, as a people – we are Macedonian, Macedonians speaking Macedonian. The fear in our country was from a geographical heading to the name Macedonia – would it not change us? The fact that we succeeded explicitly in making the other party accept – our right to self-determination – will mean that in the EU the Macedonian language can be Macedonian, we can be Macedonians. We put a full stop to the dilemmas and the challenges whether we were accepted or disputed. I think there are many misconceptions and grey areas that require a lot of explanations to clear up”, Dimitrov said.

SDSM: Mickoski to declare whether he is for NATO and the EU or defends criminal activity

Skopje, 14 August, 2018 - 11:16 (META) 

Hristijan Mickoski and VMRO-DPMNE have not yet disclosed their position regarding the referendum, they have no clear stance on the most important issues for the state and the people. For a whole decade VMRO-DPMNE talked about a referendum and the right of the people to choose the road that the country would move in the future, and now, when the referendum is certain, they do not have a clear position, the statement read from the ruling SDSM party.

“This shows how frivolous and how irresponsible the attitude of the opposition party is and its leadership to the citizens and the future of the state, as well. The EU and NATO are our future. Anyone who wants a prosperous future, with a preserved and strengthened identity, will support the referendum on which the people will have the final say. It’s time for Mickoski to prove himself by acting upon it. If he wants Macedonia to have a future in NATO and the EU, he should urge VMRO-DPMNE members to vote on the referendum and choose a future”, the party statement said.

Otherwise, SDSM added, Miskovski will show that he is lying and that he is actually defending criminal activity, as his predecessor, and is for the isolation, backwardness and uncertainty of the country.

Mickoski on the Referendum: The wrong answer is worse than no answer

Skopje, 13 August, 2018 - 18:02 (META) 

There is a proverb which says that the wrong answer is worse than no answer, replied the president of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE to a journalist’s question as to whether VMRO-DPMNE will campaign against or boycott the referendum.

“If you are asking for VMRO-DPMNE to disclose its position, then you will have to wait for the party to finish all its consultations, and only then will we come out with an official position and the public will be notified in a timely manner. The “Summer for Macedonia” campaign is taking place and VMRO-DPMNE is constantly out in the field and among the public. We talk to hundreds of citizens on a daily basis, and we also consult party bodies. In the upcoming period we will be meeting with the Executive and Central Committee of the party”, said Mickoski.

According to the opposition leader, citizens need reform in the economy, education and health; they do not need tenders which are rigged and are given to friends and relatives.

“Everything happening in Macedonia today is a failure and from where I’m standing everything SDSM has promised, remains blank. I appeal to all politicians to appreciate their profession as a voluntary position because serious reforms are necessary, essentially in the very mentality of a politician,” said Mickoski.

MCIC Survey: Ruling SDSM lead VMRO-DPMNE by just 0.4%

Skopje, 9 August, 2018 - 11:29 (META) 

The opposition party VMRO-DPMNE came closer to the ruling SDSM in the polls, so if there are parliamentary elections, 24.4% of the citizens will vote for SDSM, while for the VMRO-DPMNE are 0.4% behind on 24%, according to the MCIC poll.

6.9 percent of respondents selected DUI, while 2.7% would vote for the Alliance for Albanians and Besa was the choice of 1.7%, and 37.8% opted for either “did not know” or “will not vote”.

Among ethnic Macedonians, the VMRO-DPMNE has a small lead of 31.2% against the SDSM with 28.3%. The ruling SDSM still has support of 8% of ethnic Albanians, while with the VMRO-DPMNE it is less than 1%.

The survey was conducted by the agency M-prospect in the period from the 24th of July to 1st of August 1, 2018 and was conducted on a sample of 1,026 respondents over 18 years of age, and all results are subject to a statistical error of 3.1% with an acceptable level of confidence from 95%.

VMRO-DPMNE: To cover up scandals, MoI lied about terrorists arrests

Skopje, 8 August, 2018 - 16:33 (META) 

The opposition, VMRO-DPMNE, says that Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski and SDSM are an embarrassment to Macedonia and are destroying the country’s reputation with lies and manipulation. They say yesterday they lied that the MoI arrested seven Macedonian citizens who fought with terrorists in Syria, and actually it was only a matter of making the arrest.

“To cover up scandals, abuses and crimes Zaev’s friends are caught up in, the Interior Ministry was yesterday again misused to misinform the public with a deliberate massive police action against terrorists and radicals. The truth is that the MoI was lying! “, VMRO-DPMNE said, claiming that because of the lie, Spasovski ha been in hiding yesterday, and the Ministry of Interior would not provide additional information as to when and where the radicals had been detained.

The opposition party says it was a case of repatriation, that is, the police action at the Skopje airport by radicals and arrested by the international coalition.

“The truth was revealed today by our partners in the Pentagon who pointed out that by July, Syrian Democratic Forces had captured 600 mercenaries from more than 40 countries. According to the international media, yesterday, Macedonian police were not involved in any action, only the repatriation of its citizens i.e. the transfer of detained Macedonian citizens at Skopje airport,” says the party.

VMRO-DPMNE`s position on the referendum will be declared by September 10, says Mickoski

Skopje, 8 August, 2018 - 11:10 (META) 

Yesterday VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski said in an interview with TV “Kanal 5” that he would announce by the 10th of September, weather he would call for the membership to boycott the referendum on 30th of September, or vote against or vote in favour. He went on to deny that his party was seeking amnesty. The SDSM reacted to his claims by saying that regardless, Mickoski had confirmed that his party wanted an amnesty for crimes.

In the same interview, he said that the government’s allegations of the alleged seeking an amnesty by the opposition is a lie. He said that such allegations correlate with the crimes and scandalous awarding of government contracts that shake the SDSM government, and with the claim of seeking amnesty, Zaev and the SDSM are trying to distract the public from the current scandals.

The SDSM says that Mickoski refused to answer directly journalist’s questions and thus confirmed that the only thing the party advocates is an amnesty for past crimes.

The SDSM’s position is that “regardless of the VMRO-DPMNE irresponsible behavior, the people of Macedonia will use the historic opportunity of progress on September 30th”.

“The issue of the referendum is clear and plain – a future or isolation. If Christian Mickoski has a little responsibility and was serious, he would come out and say publicly what option he really wants. All political parties that are truly backing the EU and NATO are united, and only Mickoski and the leadership of VMRO-DPMNE are opposed and isolated to integration in an attempt to defend crime”, the SDSM said.

VMRO-DPMNE has not yet decided whether to boycott referendum

Skopje, 31 July, 2018 - 17:05 (META) 

Zaev has decided to force an issue that is meaningless and equivocal, just to cover up the capitulation in the negotiations with Greece while the acceptance of this agreement of capitulation fulfills Greece’s red lines. No politician in the history of the Republic of Macedonia has made such concessions, said General Secretary of VMRO-DPMNE Igor Janushev, at today’s press conference.

“It is shameful to compare the historic referendum of 1991 with the private referendum that Zaev is pushing forward now. Then (in 1991), all the political parties reached a consensus on the referendum, and the citizens decided for an independent Republic of Macedonia. Now, there is no consensus and citizens are being asked to vote for the eradication of the Republic of Macedonia, its tradition, history and culture”, says Janushev.

Responding to a journalist’s question, Janushev said that in the upcoming days, VMRO-DPMNE will announce the party’s official position on whether they will boycott the referendum on 30th of September.

“The public will be informed after an official position by the leadership of the party is adopted. It will be in the upcoming days”, said Janushev, adding that it is the party members’ democratic right to boycott the referendum.

Parliament votes on referendum with 68 votes in favor, while VMRO-DPMNE walk out

Skopje, 30 July, 2018 - 18:57 (META) 

Parliament has voted on the referendum over the name that will be of a consultative nature and will be held on September 30, with 68 votes in favor and no votes against. The ballot question will be: Are you for EU and NATO membership by accepting the Agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece.

The parliamentary group of VMRO-DPMNE submitted two amendments, but MPs were not present to explain them, so Parliament rejected them with 65 votes “against” and none “for” the first amendment, and with 64 votes “against” for the second amendment.

I know this decision is not easy. I know that it is a very serious matter for all of us at times and painful, but the EU and NATO are the only alternative we have, said the coordinator of the SDSM Parliamentary Group, Tomislav Tuntev, at the parliamentary session for formally announcing the referendum on the name.

Nikola Micovski from VMRO-DPMNE asked why the referendum will be of a consultative nature, eben though Prime Minister Zoran Zaev promised that it will be binding and said that the issue is not precisely formulated, which misleads citizens.
Redzep Memedi from Besa said his party will support the referendum because Macedonia’s NATO membership is key to security in the region.
Dzhevat Ademi from DUI emphasized that everyone will bear the responsibility on which side of history they stood and urged colleagues from VMRO-DPMNE to return to the hall and become part of the historical process.

Mickoski: Macedonia is not an illegal building that has to be registered at the Land Registry

Skopje, 24 July, 2018 - 16:53 (META) 

This morning, citizens from the centre of Skopje received a letter signed by the leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski, in which he told them that it was time to make their voices heard, that they would stand side by side with them in all battles to come, as long as it takes to “make Macedonia, tough, strong and unyielding”, reports Fokus.

In the period SDSM has come to power, the letter states that fear has replaced democracy, the immoral has replaced the moral, and non-principles have replaced principles.

“Corruption and crime have flourished as never before, untouchables have come overnight, and the law does not apply to everyone equally, racketeering rules. They are playing with human destinies, with the tragedy of the murdered children near Lake Smilkovsko, with the fates of the families of the murdered policemen from Divo Naselje Kumanovo. Nepotism is a major factor in employment. The party holds the key for jobs. Councilors become criminals and extremely incompetent people. Young people are moving away because there is np prospects”, Mickoski wrote in the letter.

Macedonia, says Mickoski, is not an illegal building that has to be registered at the Land Registry. Citizens, he adds, have an identity and a past which they can’t give up.

“I know you do not know me well enough to say that I am the one you need to support. I am just one of you, see at it that way. And therefore you do not have to trust me, but I’m asking you to trust yourselves, because I believe in you”, he added in the letter.

According to the VMRO-DPMNE leader, chaos and apathy rule in the society and adds that “history chose for us.”

Regarding his party, Mickoski says, “I am not saying that we are without sin and that we won’t make mistakes, but I promise you, we will get better.”

Agreed terms from Leaders’ Meeting yet to be implemented in Parliament

Skopje, 24 July, 2018 - 16:16 (META) 

The Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia did not hold a session which was announced yesterday, where leaders were meant to agree on the election of members of the State Election Commission, amendments to the laws for financing political parties and to organize future technical governments before elections in accordance with the Przino principle.

The Parliamentary Committee on Elections and Appointment Issues chaired by Ilija Dimovski from VMRO-DPMNE, yesterday after the leader’s meeting, began the procedure for the election of SEC members by submitting a list of candidates. Parliament Speaker Xhaferi has asked the parties to state which candidates they will support.

However, VMRO-DPMNE did not submit a formal list of candidates to Xhaferi’s office, because of this, the procedure for selecting SEC members cannot go any further. The SEC is the body who are meant to conduct the referendum regarding the Agreement with Greece.

Officially, none of the parties have revealed why the session did not take place, where they were meant to approve what was agreed at the leaders’ meeting.

After yesterday’s leaders’ meeting, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that although there is no agreement on the referendum as of yet, the agreed on the laws for the government, ie the financing of political parties, as well as the selection of the SEC will be respected.