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Thimonier: Responsibility for Parliament events to be clearly established

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It is crucial to establish responsibility over the unacceptable violence in the Parliament and proceed in compliance with the rule of law while observing the right for defense, immunity and presumption of innocence, which is a trait of all democracies, French Ambassador Christian Thimonier has told MIA.

“Being a witness of the April 27 events, I believe it is crucial to clearly establish responsibility over the unacceptable violence in the Parliament, which could have led to the loss of MPs’ lives. Furthermore, it is important to proceed in compliance with the rule of law while observing the right for defense, immunity and presumption of innocence, which is a trait of all democracies. This is in the spirit of the changes that the new government has announced, and we hope it will learn lessons from the past and the actions that hindered Macedonia on the European integration path, says Ambassador Thimenier.

According to him, there needs to be clear distinction between different levels of individual responsibility.

“In certain cases there is huge responsibility among those who used physical violence or planned to use such violence, as well as those who did not fulfill their duty to protect the Parliament. It would be a paradox if those who carry a portion of the burden for these events used current developments to present themselves as victims rather than reassessing their own conscience. On the other side, it is necessary to keep a cool head and carry out justice without revanchism and having a sense of proportionality”, adds Thimonier.

He welcomed the dialogue initiated by President Ivanov between the ruling and opposition parties, and expects the Parliament to play a crucial role in the country’s Euro-integration process.

“The beneficial dialogue among political leaders initiated by President Ivanov towards reaching a consensus for the common interest needs to be saluted, focused on clearing up the past but also turning to the future. The Parliament is now expected to be the key player in adopting measures that will secure Macedonia’s European future. This can be done only in the spirit of mutual understanding and reconciliation among political forces”, underlines the French Ambassador.