4/04/2001 - Trepça.net

STATUS OF ALBANIANS AS A CONSTITUTIVE NATION DETERMINES THE FUTURE OF MACEDONIA WITHIN EU AND NATO


SHKUP (Macedonia), April 3, 2001 “FAKTI”

By Emin Azemi
the publisher of FAKTI - daily newspaper – SHKUP (Skopje)

Macedonia cannot integrate itself within international institutions without advancing first the political status of the Albanians. Europe and NATO are not willing to accept problematic member-states as they could be considered in the future as sources of crisis and conflicts. The course of events in Macedonia so far has split in half the standings on finding the way out of the situation.

While the ethnic Macedonian political add intellectual opinion stands against any changes of the Constitution, which would lead to the advancement of the status of the ethnic Albanians, the DPA leader Arben Xhaferi has already warned that Macedonian institutions must open the dialogue with the Albanians in order to 'free' Macedonia of its troubling luggage in the eventual agendas of admission within international institutions.
 
This standing of Xhaferi corresponds with the standings of several western decision-making centers, which nevertheless consider the unresolved status of the ethnic Albanians as the main obstacle to the integration of Macedonia within international bodies, such as EU and NATO. These centers had been suggesting to Skopje during the last few days to urgently start the dialogue with Albanians in order to ensure that their status would be in compliance with the Macedonian pretension to integrate within the aforementioned international institutions.

The second visit of Solana to Skopje only confirms the determined standing of west on removing all the dilemmas and harmonize the Albanian requests with the acceptance of Macedonia within international institutions. It is expected that such harmonization would eliminate the existing differences between Albanians and Macedonians.
 
We learn from diplomatic sources in Brussels and Vienna that the main credit for achieving such a harmony belongs to the Albanian Balkan leader Arbën Xhaferi, who had been persisting from the beginning that the development of events should not move out of the frame of agreement between the Albanians and Macedonians, as the problem has an internal etymology and that the Constitution should be cleaned of dualisms that make this Constitution impossible for implementing in the multiethnic environment, as  Macedonia is. In addition, this would also disable the attempts of some of the Macedonian political sources to darken the sky over Macedonia by presenting the crisis as an inter-party problem, instead of as interethnic one. Crvenkovski's theses that the crisis erupted only because his party was not on power, is both ridiculous and illogical and has nothing to do with reality.
 
If his thesis was accurate, then we must ask the question: how were the interethnic relations in Macedonia while his SDSM party was still in power? The answer: Awful !

However, the proper identification of the problem by locating it in the open issues on which the ethnic Albanians persist, is the proper and most rational way of ensuring that Macedonia would become a state with a clear perspective for integrating within EU, NATO ect.

Any other formula that would be imposed by narrow-minded emotions of various Macedonian circles would only push Macedonia away from the horizon of demands to build this country as a strong, dignified and stable state.