Mitchell: Give the MPs freedom to decide for themselves how they will vote on the constitutional changes


The Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Wes Mitchell, in a letter addressed to the president of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski, has asked the leader of the largest opposition party in Macedonia to engage, both publicly and privately, in opening more space for VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs to express their free will regarding the constitutional changes in the Parliament.

The session on the constitutional revision began yesterday.

In the letter published by the US Embassy in Skopje, Mitchell, addressing VMRO-DPMNE’s party leader as “Dear Hristijan”, he reminds Mickoski about of what they discussed in their talks i.e. that the US firmly believes that the Prespa Agreement is a historic opportunity for Macedonia to secure a brighter future and contribute to regional security, stability and prosperity.

“Despite claims that there is some “better deal” to be had, we do not believe that to be case. This agreement required compromise on both sides. It is an opportunity that is not likely to come again for years, if not decades”, says Mitchell in the letter.

Further, he stresses the disappointment of the American side about VMRO-DPMNE’s stance on the referendum and the procedure at the parliament regarding the constitutional amendments.

“It will not come as any surprise to you that we have been disapointed with the positions of VMRO-DPMNE’s leadership regarding both the referendum and steps in parliament to amend the constitution. Macedonia’s citizens from all communities and parties, including yours, strongly support NATO and EU accession, and have done so since independence. Now it is up to parliament to take the next and decisive step,” says Mitchell.

He asks Mickoski to personally engage in giving free space to allow VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs to vote according to their conscience.

“We urge you to create space, publically and privately, for members of parliament from your coalition to decide how they will vote on constitutional changes, free from threats of violence, retribution, or other forms of coercion,” said Mitchell in the letter addressed to Mickoski.

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