“We are under great pressure from our voters and our members to fight and not to let the principle “winner joins the winner” be violated because basically, we act righteously the whole time and now someone else is not acting righteously with us. We will do everything in our power to keep the peace and stability but we don’t know how things will unfold. There will be tension, the people are upset, and this is the main subject in our country.”

This is the opinion of VMRO-DPMNE that was announced by its party leader Nikola Gruevski, the member of the Executive Committee, Nikola Poposki and the Secretary for International Cooperation, Aleksandar Nikoloski at today’s meeting with the British State Minister for Europe and the Americas, Sir Alan Duncan and with the Ambassador of Great Britain in Macedonia, Charles Garrett.

“Minister Duncan asked what will happen if DUI decides to enter a coalition with SDSM and with other minor Albanian parties, and will it be an illegitimate government to which VMRO-DPMNE replied that in our society it is seen as an illegitimate government because the principle “winner joins a winner” is violated. It is especially problematic when DUI wants to use this coalition to enforce a non-constitutional law for the use of the Albanian language… Macedonians are deeply frustrated because of this especially because it is being done by an unconstitutional law for bilingualism throughout the whole territory. We are not convinced that a government such as this one can reach its goals in an atmosphere such as this. That is why we proposed that it would be better if new parliamentary elections are organized”, said the statement by VMRO-DPMNE regarding the meeting.

The British State Minister, as stated in VMRO-DPMNE’s statement, stressed that “it is of common interest to achieve long-term goals of the country related to its priorities and its interests.”

“As for the formation of the government, that is not our job. That is your job, and the job of the parties”, said Sir Duncan.

At the meeting, Ambassador Garrett asked “what would be the VMRO-DPMNE’s reaction if DUI doesn’t form a government with them i.e. what would be VMRO-DPMNE’s next steps and activities in order to express the will of its voters to which the party’s representatives replied that it had been mentioned that “they will inform whenever a decision is made, as there is a long list of steps, but what they will choose cannot be announced to the public at this time.”

In connection to the Special Public Prosecution and its role, VMRO-DPMNE stressed that SPO has turned into a party branch of SDSM, and that they are dealing with politics and not the law.