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VMRO-DPMNE says Peter Vanhoutte laid bare SDSM’s plan for federal Macedonia

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VMRO-DPMNE called out a former European Union envoy for his embrace of the proposal to divide Macedonia into a federal state. Peter Vanhoutte, who represented the European Union as an envoy in the 2015 – 2016 political talks between the four largest Macedonian parties, wrote a blog post in which he praised the proposal of transforming Macedonia into a federation.

Ahead of the December 11th elections, VMRO-DPMNE has warned that SDSM’s promise to go beyond the 2001 inter-ethnic political agreement can lead to the creation of a majority ethnic Albanian federal unit in Macedonia, with possible future secession. In his post, Vanhoutte, writes about different forms of federations and seems to embrace the proposal of a federal Macedonia.

“One of the advantages of such federal system, is that it allows people to feel good and to be proud of living in their country. It is not by overruling people, by dictating them from a central government, by reminding them every day that they are just part of a minority, that you will be able to keep the country together in the long run”, he wrote. The former member of Parliament from a minor Belgian Green party, Vanhoutte was sent to Macedonia as an envoy of the European diplomatic service EEAS, before being fired after openly siding with SDSM during political talks and tweeting dozens of cat memes with disparaging messages aimed at VMRO-DPMNE.

VMRO-DPMNE’s Darko Kostovski said that Vanhoutte’s blog post has confirmed that, in order to win the ethnic Albanian votes SDSM needed to narrow its electoral defeat, the party has fanned the flames of Albanian nationalism and has accepted the possible future partition of Macedonia.

“With his latest statements, Vanhoutte reveals the intentions and plans of SDSM leader Zoran Zaev to federalize Macedonia. it is shameful for both Vanhoutte and Zaev to bargain with something which is not theirs, with something for which generations have bled in the past. Peter Vanhoutte aims to open a debate on federalizing Macedonia, and it should be condemned in the strongest terms”, said Kostovski.