After signing the agreement of Przhino, European diplomats slowly began to open. The night was hard, they tell, and the representatives of the European institutions used “brutal” language to make clear to the four signatories that “this is the last chance”, states a diplomatic source from a European institution that was present at all stages of the negotiations.
The implementation of what was signed on 25 July is now crucial, said the same sources, adding that if not respected and not implemented as agreed, “we will forced them to bear the responsibility of brutal and undiplomatic manner,” says the European diplomat.
Unless an agreement was reached on July 15, the European Commission was ready to publicly name the culprit for the collapse of the negotiations, we learned from diplomatic sources.
– If they play, they will harm themselves, they must be aware of the seriousness of the situation – says the diplomat.
Namely, according to Brussels, Macedonia was a step away from “completely relegation from the wagon of the EU and NATO,” informed sources from Brussels. It is still possible if the agreement of 15 July is not fully implemented, warned the diplomats.
– It is necessary to see credible implementation of the reforms so that the country gets back on the path to EU and NATO. All other players present were clear, and NATO is at stake – says the diplomat.
Specifically it means that disobeying the agreement of Przhino will bring withdrawal of the recommendation for negotiations with the EU and NATO candidature.
Asked how the European Commission can guarantee that the agreement will be implemented and respected, he replied that “they will closely monitor the process and there will be several stages of assessment”, such as maintaining high-level dialogue in September and above all the annual report on Macedonia’s progress in October. Another guarantee of implementation, according to Brussels, is the Macedonian public, which closely monitors.
– This agreement is good for both sides and destroys the dangers that hovered over the state, the country was on the brink of political instability and there was a risk of destabilizing the whole region – says the diplomat.
Although still distant, the light at the end of the tunnel of the political crisis is slowly becoming visible. But now begins probably the most delicate phase in which Macedonian politicians do not usually stand out in a positive light, and that is the implementation of the agreement. Repeatedly in the past they were disregarded agreements or treated as “toilet paper “.
Brussels, diplomats say, is aware of this and this time would not allow anyone “to play with the Treaty”.
At the end of the process, Brussels hopes that Macedonian politics and state institutions will be able “to restore the legitimacy”.