Vajgl, Kukan and Fleckenstein: We expect a government within two weeks, further delays will have consequences


MEPs Eduard Kukan, Knut Fleckenstein and Ivo Vajgl who were mediators for the  Przino Agreement, on July the 15th, 2015, today issued a joint statement again calling on President Gjorge Ivanov to respect the will of the Parliamentary majority and urged those politically and criminally responsible for the violent attacks on the Parliament to bear the responsibility.

“An official investigation should efficiently identify and prosecute the perpetrators of these unacceptable criminal attacks. The political responsibility should also be determined and appropriate consequences taken to deter such undemocratic activities”, reads the statement.

The three MEPs welcomed the election of Talat Xhaferi as the new Parliament Speaker, and expressed support and expect that the new Speaker will fully assume his responsibilities in the interest of the country and all Macedonian citizens immediately.

“We understand that the new Speaker will inform President Ivanov that the Parliament would like him to re-consider his position and recognise that the leader of the majority should be allowed to form a government without further delay. We expect that this will lead to the appointment of a new Prime Minister within the next two weeks. We call on President Ivanov to respect the will of the Parliament and stop obstructing the democratic path and the desire of the citizens of the country to see an end to the crisis”, said the statement by the trio.

In the joint statement stressed that “further delays in establishing a new government will have inevitable consequences.”

“We share the desire of the citizens of Macedonia to see an end to the current crisis. The inability to form a government within the next two weeks will represent a failure by the political leaders in the country to meet the wishes of their citizens. As such, we will once more recommend to the political authorities in the European Parliament that the vote on the 2016 Country Report is postponed in view of developments in the next two weeks”, concluded the statement.

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