Political leaders promises stability in Macedonia

Macedonian leaders promise to prevent unrest as Sunday’s opposition rally approaches

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

After the European leaders and diplomats urged Macedonia to prevent another ethnic turmoil in the region, Macedonian political leaders came together on Thursday, declaring that any sort of instability that would affect the region will be avoided.

Macedonian citizens are waiting for next Sunday’s rally to protest the government and to demand Prime Minister Nicola Gruevski’s resignation, after the wiretap releases of the opposition leader Zoran Zaev.

Prime Minister Gruevski prepared a meeting with Zoran Zaev, Ali Ahmeti and Menduh Thaci from two main ethnic Albanian parties, the ambassadors of the European Union and the United States.

After the meeting, the leader stated that they will continue to dialogue and they promised to prevent the "democratic values, including the right to peaceful protest and to condemn violence."

The opposition leader Zaev clarified that the dialogue does not mean they gave up protesting the government saying he was not optimistic for finding a common framework to dialogue.

Bulgarian troops in Macedonian border

Meanwhile, the Bulgarian Government also met with military advisors. The Government decided to send troops to the Macedonian border to prevent Bulgaria of a possible migrant flow from Macedonia.

The Bulgarian government also sent another troop of commandos to work with the Macedonian army to search possible terrorist suspects.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov stressed that sending troops to the Macedonian border was a precaution.

Borisov said “further tensions in Macedonia could be expected on Sunday, when the opposition had scheduled to stage a large anti-government protest demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.”

Belgrad expresses concern

Because the Macedonian clash on Sunday had a relation with the “creation of a Great Albanian state”, Kosovo serb political leaders also gathered on Wednesday in Belgrade and expressed their concerns that this attack could increase the interethnic tension between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo.

Marko Djuric, the director of the Serbian government’s office for Kosovsko Mitrovica ( Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija), Pristina’s interim self-government office ministers and the member of the parliaments gathered in Belgrade saying they were worried about possible terrorist attacks from Albanians to Serbs.

Tensions between the people of Mitrovica, a disputed region between Kosovo and Serbia, have remained high since the Kosovo war in 1999, when the area was divided between the ethnic Albanian community in the southern half of the city and the ethnic Serb majority in the north.

The ethnic Serbs in northern Mitrovica have been functioning as a separate municipality since 2013 in what they call North Kosovska Mitrovica.

TRTWorld and agencies