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VMRO-DPMNE: SDSM afraid of fair and democratic elections

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The Social Democrats had disrupted Macedonia’s reputation worldwide and in the dispute with Greece. Furthermore, their wrongdoing, corruption, theft and abuse of public funds, incapacity… brought the country back to the criminal transition instead of bring it closer to European standards, the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party said in a press release.

“SDSM is afraid of fair and democratic elections. SDSM is afraid of effective fight against crime and corruption. SDSM is fraid of professional and independent institutions”.

“There must be accountability for the referendum fraud and for all crimes of the SDSM-led government. Macedonia is facing a new political crisis as a result of Zaev’s and SDSM’s incapacity.

Accepting VMRO-DPMNE’s demands is the only way out of crisis,” the opposition party said.

“If SDSM really wants early elections, it is necessary to set up the so-called Przino government, similar to the one formed prior to 2016 elections. There must be responsibility for the crimes committed by the authorities. The second demand is to set up a new SJO (Special Prosecutor’s Office) whose members will be nominated by the opposition. The second demand is formation of inquiry committee with the parliament with a task to address the referendum-related irregularities to ensure that they don’t re-occur in the next elections”.

“The second option is that Zaev and SDSM immediately quit the capitulation deal with Greece and then call early elections,” VMRO-DPNE said in a press release.

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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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