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SDSM: Mickoski demands halt to SJO investigations

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The Social Democrats blamed the leader of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party of trying to cover up the wrongdoing of the former government.

“While all the citizens expected an agreement in the interest of the rule of law, Hristijan Mickoski at yesterday’s meeting of party leaders harbored the crime of the former regime, insisting that all cases run by the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SJO) be brought to a halt,” SDSM says in a statement released on Wednesday.

The ruling party says a team, led by PM Zoran Zaev, proposed formation of a new prosecutor institution to investigate and prosecute new cases of high-level corruption, which would guarantee justice. “But they were not interested in such idea as they sought ways to ensure escape for all indicted individuals of their regime structure”.

“Our proposal on the table was that the opposition names a head of this new institution, but VMRO-DPMNE turned down our proposal. Gruevski had chosen Mickoski to complete one task only, to fight to last breath to defend him. And now, while in Budapest, Gruevski delivers an order for more convenient prosecutor.

“VMRO-DPMNE, opposition party for more than two years and previously a regime that ruled for 11 years, is the largest harm to North Macedonia on the road to justice and to the European Union,” SDSM said.

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Arrest warrant issued for Spasov

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Former special police officer Igor Spasov, who has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for murdering Martin Neskoski, is wanted on recall to prison after going missing.

Macedonian police issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday after he failed to show up to begin his sentence. The arrest warrant has been published on the web-site of the Ministry of Interior.

The former member of special police force vanished after ignoring summons to serve time after he was sentenced in prison on murder charges.

The man had probably fled justice to avoid serving a 14-year jail sentence for a murder conviction. He was to report to Idrizovo correctional facility on 18 October.

The murder took place during a late-night celebration of VMRO-DPMNE’s victory in 2011 parliamentary elections.

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Matthew Palmer due in Skopje today

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The US Secretary of State’s Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, will visit North Macedonia on Tuesday.

Special Representative Palmer is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

The two are expected to discuss the bilateral relations between North Macedonia and the United States, including the US support for the country’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic community. They will exchange views on the situation in the country and the region.

In late August, the U.S. State Department appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Palmer as special envoy for the Western Balkans with a mandate to help integrate the region into Western institutions.

US Secretary of State has appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer  as his Special Representative for the Western Balkans.  In this role, Palmer will lead our efforts to strengthen U.S. diplomatic engagement in support of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and focus on integration of the Western Balkan countries into Western institutions.

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Zaev: We can give argument to reassure Macron

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We can give arguments to reassure President Macron that “methodology prior to enlargement” proposal could be converted into “enlargement along with change in methodology”, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev wrote on his Facebook page, alluding to France’s Emmanuel Macron’s initiative for new enlargement methodology.

“We are not only a strategic interest, we are Europe. It means we will become a member of the European Union once we wrap up the comprehensive reform at home. The pre-accession process and closure of chapters will help us make it happen. The accession negotiations will help us wrap up domestic reform,” Zaev wrote on his Facebook page.

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