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MIC – April 8, 2015 – 10:51am

- Energy and Russian gas were the main topics discussed on the meeting on energy security in Budapest attended by Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki. Macedonia, Hungary, Serbia, Greece and Turkey discussed about their readiness for the new plan of Russia to enter gas on the Balkans and EU through the new pipeline “Turkish Stream”.

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MACEDONIA AND GREECE TO START BUILDING TRUST VIA MARKOVA NOGA
MIC – April 7, 2015 – 1:44pm

The Markova Noga border crossing in Prespa could be the first project to be carried out of the series of trust-building measures between Macedonia and Greece, sources from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of both countries have told Dnevnik off the record.

The opening of this border crossing, according to the sources, is quite realistic because it is in the interest of both countries and because it is not a political but practical measure. The Greek MFA is said to be making preparations for the implementation of this project, a difficulty being the absence of infrastructure on the Greek side of the border.

“This can be solved with finances from the EU funds. However, all the Schengen criteria for a border crossing will have to be met,” sources have told Dnevnik.

Sources from the Macedonian MFA, on the other hand, say one should not be overly optimistic bearing in mind the past experience.

Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki is going to hold a bilateral meeting with his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias in Budapest on Tuesday and is going to present the Macedonian proposal of trust-building measures. Aside from the Markova Noga border crossing, his list is said to include such practical measures of cooperation as signing an agreement on double taxation avoidance, establishing a parliamentary committee, or to be more exact, committees in both parliaments responsible to promote the principle of mutual respect for the territorial integrity, not interfering in the other country’s home affairs, and extending mutual support in European integration processes.

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MIC – April 7, 2015 – 10:40am

- EU and NATO should declare whether Macedonia will join the international institutions in reasonable time period, urged Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki after the meeting he had with Belgian Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders in Skopje. According to Poposki, “a strong political message addressed to Macedonia will be of great help”, and Reynders stressed that “Belgium got a clear message and expect to see Macedonia make progress in order to join EU and NATO in a given time period”.

 

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MIC – April 6, 2015 – 9:53am

- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom Belgium, Didier Reynders Monday will stay an official visit in Macedonia invited by Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki. As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced, Reynders will also meet with President Gjorge Ivanov, Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and Vice Prime Minister Fatmir Besimi.

 

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INTERIOR MINISTRY TO PRESS CHARGES AGAINST ZAEV FOR LEAKING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION
MIC – April 3, 2015 – 1:12pm

The Macedonian Ministry of the Interior stated Thursday it intended to press charges against opposition leader Zoran Zaev for leaking classified information. Charges had already been pressed against him for plotting coup d’etat and taking bribe.

According to the Interior Ministry, disclosing classified information is punishable under Article 317 of the Criminal Code with imprisonment of up to ten years.

“At the disgraceful press conference on Wednesday, Zaev uttered numerous fabrications and lies. What is more important, he presented details of an agreement on donation classified as top secret. With his indecent act, the accused in the Putsch case undermined the credibility of the Macedonian services thus directly jeopardizing the security of the Republic of Macedonia,” the press release from the Interior Ministry reads.

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MIC – April 3, 2015 – 9:45am

- Macedonia and Albania have great political relations but that is not a trend in the economy. Both Presidents pledge for improved trade exchange, infrastructure connections, and preconditions for the wellbeing of the citizens whose countries strive to join the European family, concluded President Gjorge Ivanov and his host the Albanian President Bujar Nishani.

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ZAEV’S 15TH ‘BOMB’ ALLEGES SHADY PROCUREMENT OF EQUIPMENT FROM ISRAEL
MIC – April 2, 2015 – 1:22pm

SDSM leader Zoran Zaev revealed at a press conference Wednesday recordings of ten more taped conversations, transcripts of text messages and a copy of the passport and a document on the entry into and exit from the country of an Israeli citizen.

The voices in the recordings were said to be those of the chief of the secret security service, Saso Mijalkov, his associate Svetlana Kostova, an Israeli named Haim Hakeini and two unidentified interlocutors.

The opposition leader claimed these conversations proved a commission of several hundred thousand euros was charged for the procurement of communication tracking equipment for the needs of the Security and Counter-Intelligence Office from Israel in 2011. According to Zaev, wiretapping equipment was also procured in 2008, while the amount spent on it amounted to 14 million euros.

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CHARLES GARRETT DECLARES WAR ON HALF MILLION VMRO-DPMNE VOTERS
MIC – April 1, 2015 – 3:47pm

“The possibility of setting up an interim government should be part of the negotiations between the two parties,” said British Ambassador to Macedonia Charles Garrett in his interview with the Alsat M television channel.

It’s not up to me, as ambassador of Great Britain, he said, to say what the solution to this crisis is, yet clearly that particular approach is much talked about and should be raised in the course of the negotiations. Finding a solution would take a great deal of creativity, patience, hard work, a lot of compromises from both sides and of course sincerity, Mr. Garrett added.

In his view, a good start of the process would be hearing a government commentary about the contents of the revealed wiretapped conversations.

“The contents of the revealed conversations and the wiretapping itself are extremely serious issues that need serious handling. A good start would be hearing a government commentary about the contents of the revealed conversations and a good following step would be the spirit of compromise, constructiveness, and creativity from all parties involved at the meetings and discussion held in a bid to find a way out,” he said.

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MIC – March 31, 2015 – 11:24am

- Monday, SDSM representatives in Brussels remained firm on their demand for a transit government and resignation of the Ministers, the Chief of Macedonian Radio Television and of the Public Prosecutor and VMRO-DPMNE representatives rejected their demand. That was a quick end of the first meeting of the two parties with mediation of the MEP threesome Eduard Kukan, Ivo Vajgl and Richard Howitt, monitored by David Kulen and Christine Grau from the EC.

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VMRO-DPMNE AND SDSM TO BEGIN TALKS IN BRUSSELS, CHANCES FOR PROGRESS DEEMED AS SLIM
MIC – March 30, 2015 – 1:35pm

It is hard to predict the outcome of the first meeting between high-ranking officials of VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM in Brussels on Monday to be held under the auspices of the international community with the aim of the bringing their utterly conflicting views closer together and hopefully finding a way out of the political crisis.

SDSM deputy leader Radmila Sekerinska and Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki are going to meet behind closed doors in the building of the European Parliament in the attendance of MEPs Ivo Vajgl, Eduard Kukan, and Richard Howitt. However, it is still unknown who else will be part of the party teams conducting the negotiations.  

It is just as mysterious what issues will be on today’s agenda—whether the parties will present their starting positions or the manner in which to conduct talks will merely be defined. The MEPs are not expected to offer a tangible solution. Their mandate is only to try and detect a common ground for an agreement.

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Flash News
MIC – March 27, 2015 – 10:32am

- Special OSCE representative and coordinator of the fight against human smuggling, Ambassador Madina Jarbussynova, after the four-day visit of Macedonia, welcomed government’s efforts for fight against modern slavery.

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MIC – March 26, 2015 – 10:03am

- Since EU is a political union, the political criteria should be applied to connect the region. Infrastructure shouldn’t serve only to transport goods and people, but also to integrate the Balkans in the European project, stressed Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki in his address on the Minister Conference on Western Balkans “Better connectivity, strong and vital transportation network”, which was held in Pristina.

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MIC – March 25, 2015 – 10:34am

- The first meeting between VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM representatives with European mediators is expected for next week in Brussels. After the two-day conference on political culture and dialogue in the European Parliament the two parties confirmed their readiness to sit on the round table with the MEPs Ivo Vajgl, Eduard Kukan and Richard Howitt.

 

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MIC – March 24, 2015 – 10:04am

- Monday and Tuesday, Radmila Sekerinska and Lidija Dimova (SDSM), Antonio Milososki (VMRO-DPMNE), Ljubomir Josifovski (NSDP), Talal Xhaferi (BDI), Imer Aliu (DPA) and Ljubica Buralieva, independent MP, will participate on a Seminar devoted to political culture and the importance of political dialogue in the European Parliament in Brussels. According to MP Milososki, it is expected EU to insist SDSM to return to Parliament and there start the dialogue with the Government.

 

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MIC – March 23, 2015 – 10:46am

- The Republic of Macedonia belongs in EU and NATO as equal member which pledges economic prosperity, peace and safety in Europe and the world, stressed Defense Minister Zoran Jolevski in his address on the tenth anniversary of Brussels’ Forum organized by the German Marshall Fund.

 

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MIC – March 20, 2015 – 10:23am

- Prime Minister and VMRO-DPMNE leader, Nikola Gruevski Thursday participated on the Conference of European People’s Parties in Brussels and he met with the President of the European People’s Party Joseph Daul. After the meeting Gruevski stressed that President Daul considers that the opposition should return to Parliament and there discuss the political condition.

 

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COMMISSIONER HAHN SAID TO INSIST ON SDSM-VMRO-DPMNE MEETING IN BRUSSELS
MIC – March 19, 2015 – 2:40pm

Johannes Hahn, the Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, is going to coordinate the activities of seeking out a way out of the political crisis in Macedonia, which are set to begin in Brussels soon. Sources from both SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE told Vest on Wednesday that their parties had already been informed that they would be invited to talks in Brussels next week.

Mr. Hahn reportedly told both parties on the phone last week that the process of political reconciliation would begin once Brussels received Prosecutor General Marko Zvrlevski’s request for EU observers. Also, in order to eliminate suspicions and mistrust, the Commissioner is said to have insisted that the first meeting be held on a neutral ground, in Brussels, Vest reports.

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MIC – March 19, 2015 – 10:13am

- The European Union demands and expects quick intervention in order to restore the political dialogue in Macedonia, while all developments regarding the “Putsch” case are daily monitored and expect legal and institutional outcome. These are the messages of the newly appointed Secretary General of the European Service for Foreign Affairs Alain Le Roy, after the meeting he had with Vice Prime Minister Fatmir Besimi Wednesday in Brussels

 

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EC CONFIRMS RECEPTION OF PROSECUTOR GENERAL’S REQUEST FOR OBSERVERS
MIC – March 18, 2015 – 2:12pm

The Spokesperson for the European Commission, Maja Kocijancic, confirmed Tuesday that the authorities in Brussels received the invitation of Macedonian Prosecutor General Marko Zvrlevski for sending international observers for the coup (putsch) court case, in which among those accused of collaboration with foreign services is also the leader of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM), Zoran Zaev.

Ms. Kocijancic also confirmed that the political groups in the European Parliament would form a group by the end of March whose aim would be to come to Macedonia and try and reconcile the largest political parties in the country.

“Yes, I can confirm we have received an invitation from the prosecutor general. But I can also repeat what Commissioner Hahn said in the European Parliament last week that we welcome any initiative launched by the groups of the European political parties and individual members of the European Parliament to help overcome the deadlock,” said the spokesperson for the EU High Representatives for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.

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MIC – March 18, 2015 – 10:07am

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, i.e. the Committee for monitoring the responsibilities of the member countries of the Council of Europe, Tuesday reviewed the information and discussed the situation in Macedonia, and the Spanish parliamentary member Pedro Agramont stressed there is deep concern because the opposition refuses to return to Parliament.

 

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SDSM AND BDI DENY MAKING DEAL ON MUTUAL PROTECTION AND SUPPORT
MIC – March 17, 2015 – 2:51pm

SDSM leader Zoran Zaev and BDI chairman Ali Ahmeti are said to have recently held a meeting, at Ahmeti’s initiative, regarding the wiretapping affair. According to some sources, Ahmeti offered Zaev a deal—in return for his not revealing any compromising material about BDI, BDI would support Zaev’s demand for setting up an interim government and would seek to persuade Prime Minister Gruevski, too, to accept the idea; and according to other sources, Ahmeti was already given the material pertaining to BDI at this meeting with Zaev.

There is also conflicting information as to where the meeting took place. While some say it was held in Zajas, others allege the deal was struck in the Social Democrats’ Skopje-based headquarters.

Ahmeti reportedly demanded that besides organizing early elections, the interim government should also have a mandate to resolve the name dispute with Greece but Zaev rejected it.

Both BDI and SDSM deny that such a meeting ever took place in the wake of the surveillance scandal revelation. Moreover, SDSM add their political ‘bombs’ will not spare BDI.

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VMRO-DPMNE RALLY SUPPORTERS IN RESPONSE TO SDSM’S VOTE-RIGGING ALLEGATIONS
MIC – March 16, 2015 – 3:20pm

Thousands of supporters of VMRO-DPMNE rallied at the Boris Trajkovski Sports Centre on Sunday at which VMRO-DPMNE leader and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, backed by all his government ministers and numerous party officials, reiterated that the opposition allegations against him had been “created” by foreign intelligence services and their domestic collaborators for the purpose of destabilizing the country and seizing power.

“I know that Macedonia will get out of this stronger. I know that those who orchestrated all of this have underestimated us and did not take into consideration our people’s love of their country and future. Therefore, we are going to win, all our citizens are going to win. I call upon you to stand up because we have a campaign ahead of us, from city to city, from door to door. We have a lot of work to do, many more projects to carry out and many more moments to be proud of.

“Chin up and let us show them Macedonian is much more than what they try to present, that Macedonian is much bigger than the petty interests of a handful of people and certain structures, that Macedonia is stronger than the various scenarios and foreign agendas, and that Macedonians are courageous and honorable people. They won’t break Macedonia, not in our time, not until the last one of us breathes,” Prime Minister Gruevski said.

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MIC – March 16, 2015 – 10:34am

-    The economic chambers of Macedonia and Morocco are going to sign a memorandum of cooperation as a first step toward promoting cooperation between Moroccan and Macedonian companies. This was agreed at the first meeting of representatives of the two chambers in Dakhla on Saturday, on the sidelines of the Crans Montana Forum, held at President Gjorge Ivanov’s initiative. Morocco businessmen are interested in the Macedonian market, this is the impression President Gjorge Ivanov got.

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MIC – March 13, 2015 – 11:11am

- EU will lose credibility unless it starts the membership negotiations with Macedonia, stressed Slovenian MP Alojz Peterle who welcomed the decision of the European Parliament. Peterle expressed concern for the political situation in Macedonia and the deteriorated relations between the Government and opposition.

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PM GRUEVSKI AND NATO SEC GEN STOLTENBERG DISCUSS PUTSCH AFFAIR AND MACEDONIA-NATO RELATIONS
MIC – March 12, 2015 – 2:43pm

I described everything—what the chief of the opposition told me, the findings of the Interior Ministry and the Prosecution, the court verdict that has already been reached, and the confessions of certain people in the court procedure about the crimes they committed. The rest will be a part of a further court process in Macedonia, which, as I said, will be transparent. We are open to any kind of monitoring in this respect of everything that will be happening, said Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski after meeting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Wednesday.

According to unconfirmed information, the putsch case, in which criminal charges were pressed against opposition leader Zoran Zaev, was also discussed at PM Gruevski’s working lunch with several NATO ambassadors, including those of Great Britain and the USA.

The position of NATO is that the whole case needs to be resolved institutionally. Mr. Stoltenberg made it clear that an independent and comprehensive investigation has to be carried out into these very serious allegations and that those responsible are held accountable.  

“It’s not possible for me to comment on the allegations concerning foreign intelligence services having been active in the country. What I can say is that I underlined the importance of freedom of press and of allowing the opposition to have good working conditions. Those are important democratic values that need to be honoured by all parties involved,” Mr. Stoltenberg said.

He thanked Macedonia for its contribution to the NATO missions and praised its defence sector reforms but also said that NATO was watching with concern the latest political developments in Skopje and that the progress made in carrying out reforms depended on the effective democratic dialogue and the widespread trust in the rule of law and freedom of media.

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MIC – March 12, 2015 – 10:33am

- Wednesday, the Resolution for the progress of Macedonia was adopted with the majority of votes in the European Parliament proposed by the Slovenian MEP Ivo Vajgl. Nine times in a row the European Parliament called upon the Council of EU to set a date for negotiations start with the Republic of Macedonia, and reminded that the name dispute shouldn’t be an obstacle for starting the negotiations.

 

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PDSH: ZAEV SHOULD KEEP HIS HANDS OFF ALBANIANS
MIC – March 11, 2015 – 2:36pm

The Democratic Party of Albanian (PDSH) leveled a cannonade of insults and allegations against SDSM leader Zoran Zaev saying his goal was to discredit not only PDSH but also the political elites of Albania and Kosovo. BDI reiterated that their leader Ahmeti’s record was crystal clear and that they would defend the interest of the party rather than their ministers and officeholders from Zaev’s ‘bombs’.

The atmosphere in the Albanian political campus has heated up after Zaev told the Albanian television Top Channel that BDI and PDSH were servants to VMRO-DPMNE and that he would reveal recordings showcasing how corrupt certain officials from both parties are.  He also said he had recordings of conversations between Albanian ministers from Macedonia with ministers from Kosovo and Albania.

PDSH leader Menduh Thaci, on the other hand, resolutely stated Zaev had no evidence against him and his associates.

“The kid from Strumica cannot have any criminal files about me because I don’t do that kind of things and don’t let my associates get implicated in criminal activities either,” Thaci said.

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MIC – March 11, 2015 – 10:24am

- Most of the MEPs, who Tuesday participated on the debate in the European Parliament for the progress of Macedonia in 2014, concluded that it is for the best if Wednesday they vote for the Resolution of the Slovenian MEP Ivo Vajgl which requests negotiation start for the ninth time in a row.

 

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XHAFERI: WE’RE GOING TO DEFEND BDI, NOT MINISTERS, FROM ZAEV’S ‘BOMBS’, IF NECESSARY
MIC – March 10, 2015 – 3:13pm

A high-ranking BDI source has told Dnevnik that Ali Ahmeti’s party is deliberating whether to wait for SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE to find a way out of the crisis caused by the coup and wiretapping affairs through a foreign-brokered dialogue or to step out of the governing coalition with VMRO-DPMNE, thus risking to complicate the crisis further and cause instability.

Musa Xhaferi, Deputy Prime Minister for the Implementation of the Framework Agreement, is confident that if necessary they are going to defend the party from SDSM leader Zoran Zaev’s political bombs at the expense of ministers and other officeholders from BDI’s ranks.

The political crisis and BDI’s future involvement in the government will be discussed at BDI’s congress scheduled for later this month.

“These issues will certainly be tabled. Our dilemma is whether a decision to walk out of the government would aggravate the political crisis. But such a decision would also expedite the finding of a way out of that same situation. On the other hand, a solution can be found only with foreign mediation. The two parties concerned, VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM, should initiate a dialogue so the resolution of the political crisis may begin,” the source says and adds that dialogue is the option that BDI prefer.

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MIC – March 10, 2015 – 10:11am

- Monday in Skopje was held the first meeting of the joint committee within the collaboration agreement be-tween the Governments of Macedonia and Montenegro in context of EU accession. Secretaries of State Elena Kuzmanovska and Aleksandar Andrija Pejovik, respectively, opened the meeting, and the goal of these meetings is to strengthen countries’ continuous collaboration in the fields of mutual interest. Secretary of State Pejovik met with Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki before the meeting.

 

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