Amid the bargaining between the political parties to form a parliamentary majority we heard various messages and analyzes, but not what we all expected – specific decisions. In the storm of media reports, however, the most striking is the silence of the lost Zoran Zaev, who will have to get out of his mouse hole to say whether he accepts the platform of the Albanian parties or not. Or, in other words, he must clearly and loudly say who he was lying in the election campaign – the Albanian voters to whom he promised the things now put on the table by DUI, Besa and the Alliance for Albanians or the Macedonian voters to whom he claimed that the allegations of bilingualism and federalization of the state are made-up stories of the media.
Although the situation, in general, is very complex, it can simply be described in one sentence: SDSM can hope to get the mandate only if it reveals its position on the platform of the Albanian parties.
In fact, DUI and Besa sent virtually the same message: “If SDSM accepts the platform there will be no obstacles to form a government.”
Zaev’s problem is not in the demands of the Albanian parties because he was the first to promote them at the meetings with the Albanian diaspora in Bern. The problem is that the leaders of the Albanian parties asked him to put the promise on paper and then loudly and clearly announce it to the Macedonian public.
Zaev’s failure to form a government at all costs would also mean defeat of the “umbrella” that created the crisis not to provide conditions for “free and fair” elections where SDSM won’t lose with 200,000 margin, but to create conditions to change the country’s name. This is why now Brussels is pushing for a broad coalition government in which “our friends from outside” do not care whether it will feature the winning party in the elections, or whether the will of the majority will be respected. What it is important for them now is to set up a puppet government, which will swiftly implement their plan. For that purpose they are ready to dishonor what they themselves imposed to us as a criterion for EU integration of Macedonia – the Ohrid Framework Agreement.
The analysts, who claim that the platform buries the Ohrid Agreement and who are openly asking why Brussels is silent on this issue, are totally right. The silence of those who guaranteed the Framework Agreement is particularly surprising. Imagine the people who for 15 years have been convincing us that the Framework Agreement is the foundation of the Macedonian state and who deny they are wishing bad things to Macedonia, now suddenly are hushed before the platform of the Albanian parties!
Instead they are imposing broad coalition government that would have a clear goal – a quick change of the name of the country without the approval of the people, introduction of bilingualism, changing the national symbols, deleting the unitary character of the country, and complete deprivation of the individuality of the Macedonians!
While we are waiting what price will the Macedonian people pay for the crisis that Zaev and his “umbrellas” created, I just want to remind you from where we started and where we finished: After the 2014 elections Zaev did’t recognize the results because, allegedly, the elections were illegitimate and VMRO-DPMNE had stolen 200,000 votes. He argued that phantoms had voted for the government and therefore the government must resign. On December 11 it was proven that Zaev’s allegations were false and unsubstantiated. But in those two years of crisis the state was pushed to its knees, it foundations were undermined and the people were manipulated to the extent that the opposition leader today refers to the 435,000 votes that give a mandate to trade with national interests.
If Zaev accepts the platform, the Albanian voters will be satisfied. But I wonder how will the Macedonians who voted for SDSM react? Will they agree Zaev to decide on their behalf or they will take to the streets and call for accountability from him for the deceit?
For those who still do not understand what the Albanian parties are demanding, and what Zaev should accept to form a government:
The platform of the Albanian parties
1. Achieving full equality in accordance with the Ohrid Agreement and the Constitution
- Proper implementation of the multi-ethnicity principle in the Constitution, where the Albanians are considered statehood nation, supporting all legal and constitutional initiatives that enhance the national equality for the Albanian population.
- Achieving full linguistic equality, the use of the Albanian language at all levels of government and a guarantee of its implementation as a fundamental and constitutional right. The Constitution should determine that the “Macedonian language and its Cyrillic alphabet and the Albanian language with its alphabet are official languages in the Republic of Macedonia.”
- Comprehensive debate on the flag, anthem and coat of arms of the Republic of Macedonia, so that the state symbols reflect social multiethnicity and ethnic equality.
- Adoption of a resolution in Parliament condemning genocide against the Albanians in Macedonia in the period between 1912 and 1956.
2. Achieving economic equality and social welfare, particularly through balanced regional development
- Creation of a new mechanism in the form of a state commission on municipal financing, decision-making eligible for government grants in favor of the municipalities.
- Establishment of a Ministry for political system and relations between communities, as the competent body for respecting the rights of communities and encouraging economic and social development of underdeveloped areas.
- Achieving equal representation in security, military, intelligence and justice.
- Achieving equal representation at all levels of central government, as well as in public services or companies with public shares.
3. Strengthening the rule of law as a prerequisite for progress in the Euro-Atlantic integration process
- Implementation of reforms in accordance with the Skopje agreement, Priebe’s recommendations, the urgent recommendations of the European Commission, as well as the recommendations of the high level accession dialogue with the EU.
- Support for impartial performance of the work of the Special Prosecutor, with no ethnic and political bias.
- Complete clearing of issues and judicial proceeding such as “Sopot”, “Brodec,” “Monster” and “Kumanovo” through an inquiry commission or international independent body.
4. Creating a spirit of trust in the function of good inter-ethnic relations as an essential element of political stability in the country
- Taking affirmative measures to ensure funding of the Albanian cultural institutions at central and local level.
- Creating a central institution for the promotion of languages of the communities, which will provide training of translators, editors and lecturers.
5. Settlement of the name dispute in accordance with the European values and principles of international law
- Adopting a common and binding resolution in Parliament committing the Government to be actively involved in resolving the name dispute.
- Inclusion of Albanians in the working group for direct negotiations with Greece.
6. Good neighborly relations
- Inclusion of Albanians in the working group for direct negotiations with Bulgaria.
- Cooperation with Kosovo and Albania for integrated border management.
- Opening of new border crossings.
7. Quick integration into NATO and the EU
The fulfillment of the above mentioned points will unblock Macedonia’s path towards full integration into NATO and opening of EU accession talks.
The fulfillment of these objectives will be monitored by organizing a roundtable of Albanian parliamentary parties. The roundtable of Albanian parliamentary parties will take place in accordance with the principle of rotation and will serve as a platform for the harmonization of political action and transparent communication with the international partners of Macedonia, in particular seeking the support of the European Union and the international institutions. The roundtable will determine deadlines for implementation of the stated objectives, in accordance with the laws and the Constitution.