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Mickoski responded to Mitchell: It is always darkest before the dawn

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski responded to Wess Mitchell, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. We pass the letter integrally

Respected Assistant Secretary Mitchell,

I thank you for your letter which I read with the utmost attention. Furthermore, would like to use this opportunity to thank you for the support which you have given the Republic of Macedonia related to its Euro-Atlantic integration – a process which is of strategic interest to our Political Party, but above all the citizens of our nation. It is my hope that in the near future the Republic of Macedonia will become a member of both NATO and the European Union in a proud and dignified manner, rather then in an undignified and belittled position.

In the further content of this letter I will point out certain facts related to the negotiation process, which was conducted without the creation of a proper ambient in a manner which was adventurous, manipulative, without adequate strategy and with the use of fake messaging. Throughout the entire process of negotiation and creation of the Prespa Agreement we, as the largest political party in Macedonia, were completely excluded and outside of the process itself. In this sense, we were not consulted on any of the issues that are of huge national importance to Macedonia. I am pointing this out because the solution that was reached, and which we are discussing, is a solution that belongs to the entities governing our country. This is not a solution which was reached by consensus, considering that we have now reached a point where such consensusis asked of from the opposition.

Further on, the Government usurped the process and forced forward a manipulative and multi-meaning referendum question which incorporated NATO and the EU. My suggestions were that this question is consciously being created with multi-meanings and to be confusing. Our proposal was that two separate questions be formed: one which would be related to the issue of accepting or not accepting of the Agreement, and one which would express the will of the citizens related to NATO and EU integration – something that I firmly believe is our strategic interest. Again, VMRO-DPMNE did not find understanding on the side of the Government to solve this issue, and the Government decided to move on without consensus with the opposition.

We are witnesses to a process full of misjudged estimations, false hopes and inadequate expectations that were, sadly, created by the Government by lying to the entire International community that it would deliver something that it obviously couldn’t.

Dear Mr. Mitchell,

This Agreement is harmful to the interests of my nation and homeland, and as such is unacceptable for VMRO-DPMNE, and a huge majority of the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia. Exactly this became evident at the recent Referendum where, despite the brutal and violent ballot-box stuffing by individuals and groups close to the Government, there was no success in the intention of creating conditions where the Referendum could be proclaimed as being successful. We have voting places where through brutality and violence ballot-boxes were stuffed and voter turnout is above 90%, even though previous average turnout in these voting places is around 45%. Are these the values which we need to believe in? Is this the manner by which we need to destroy the democratic benefits that we have been developing as an independent and sovereign Republic of Macedonia? Should I stay mute to my students who compare examples where the laws of physics are challenged, and we are witnesses to statistics that show someone voting every five seconds? Should we believe that European values are threats and intimidation that our citizens witnessed on a daily level from the Government, forcing them to go out and vote, while at the same time individuals from that same Government defied electoral legislation by breaking the process of “referendum silence”? In this context, the “European values” presented by our Government, during this period also included pressure on public sector employees which incorporated mass discipline measures, demotions and dismissals of civil servants. Further on, we have seen a continuous political persecution against all those that think differently, and this his become such a common occurrence that we have learned to live with such conditions as a society. In this context, should we remain mute to the fact that institutions remain silenced to what happened before, on the day of, and after the Referendum?

For me, the answer is simple. I refuse to accept this, and not only do I refuse, but I will firmly oppose, using my entire knowledge and capacity through the use of democratic tools, such deviant occurrences. This is not the Macedonia in which we want to live in.

I continue to disbelieve that a contribution to stability, peace and security can be given through an Agreement which:

  1. Is rejected by a huge majority of citizens through a Referendum;
  2. Which changes the Constitution with the intent of changing the Constitutional Name of our nation;
  3. Nullifies acquired rights of the Republic of Macedonia such as: a) UN Resolutions related to Macedonia’s UN Membership; b) The Interim Accord from 1995; c) The ICJ Decision from 2011.
  4. Through Article 8 foresees the creation of a Commission between the Republic of Macedonia and Greece with the intent of revising history, archeology and education, thus permanently harming the identity of my nation.
  5. Gives up on the care of Macedonian minorities in other nations.

In relation to the actions of the MP Group of VMRO-DPMNE related to the constitutional amendments that are currently in parliamentary procedure, I would like to point out that this is in line with our previous Party stance and viewpoint in relation to the Agreement. This stance was unanimously supported by our entire MP Group, which also considered and gained the legitimacy to act accordingly with the results of the Referendum from September 30th.

I can assure you that if there is any information of threats, coercion, intimidation or any other type of influence on the decision-making of any MP than this is something that is coming from groups or individuals which are not part of the Party structure of VMRO-DPMNE. I do not accept this type of activity and strongly condemn it.

Many times in the past I warned the public, and our friends and allies from the International Community, and I will do this again today. Namely, this process was entrusted to an individual who is not honest in his intentions and promises things that he cannot fulfill and deliver on. Further on, the “flag-bearer” of this process is an individual which is known for political scandals, suspected of criminal acts while holding public office, and at the same time lacks the fundamental will for solving issues of corruption, which can only be done if we uphold the fundamental values of the rule of law. Time has shown that the biggest danger to Macedonia entering a new political crisis is the individual which sits at the head of our Government.

As a friend of the United States of America I firmly understand and value your engagement in this process, and as someone who has been educated and worked in member-states of the EU I wholly share our common western values, and hope that with such values we can build a future for the Republic of Macedonia based on an honest and open relationship. At the same time I am also someone who strongly believes in the basic fundamental benefits of self-determination as a Macedonian and the right of my nation to call itself the Republic of Macedonia.

It is my hope that we can continue to count on and work together with the United States in supporting the realization of the strategic foreign policy priorities of the Republic of Macedonia, with the aim of furthering stability, security and prosperity in Macedonia, the region and the world.

“It is always darkest before the dawn”.


With the utmost respect,

Assoc. Prof. Dr. sc. Hristijan Mickoski
President of VMRO-DPMNE