The Ambassadors of Sweden, Netherlands and Slovenia, Mats Staffansson, Wouter Plomp, and Milan Jazbec, said today that Brussels doesn’t see the need of organizing new early parliamentary elections especially because the last elections were marked as fair and free, and the new elections would only deepen the political crisis in Macedonia.
“The elections that were organized in December were free and fair, as was confirmed by many international observers. Therefore there would be little use of new elections so fast after the elections in December. I think they would only deepen the crisis, that is lasting too long”, said the Dutch Ambassador Plomp.
According to the Swedish Ambassador, “new elections in a situation like that would be held in a climate of extreme confrontation, which would definitely not be good for stability. The solution has to be found within the framework of the Constitution, I also think it is too early for a Pržino 3 and I haven’t heard anything about it. Regarding leadership meetings, I have no inside information, but in a situation of such a confrontational political climate as you have in Macedonia, dialogue between leaders, the opposition and the government is not a bad idea at all, but that is up to them”, said Ambassador Staffansson.
The Slovenian Ambassador Milan Jazbec said that instead of demanding for new elections, political leaders should focus on implementing the results from the recent elections and the formation of a new government.
“Focus on the substance, try to form a Government, according to the relations in the Parliament. I don’t see the need for new elections”, said Ambassador Jazbec.
The ambassadors didn’t confirm the information published by the German weekly magazine “Spiegel” that the European Union plans to put Macedonia under sanctions i.e. to place a travel ban and a blockade of bank accounts of certain Macedonian politicians including a cut of the IPA funds. According to the Spiegel, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during the EPP conference in Malta, has warned the leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski that sanctions will follow if the blockade of democratic processes doesn’t stop.
In order for this decision to be made, a consensus of all 27 EU member countries is necessary.