Albanians in Macedonia: Accession in Question
Following recent frictions
Below are extracts from an article written by Ekrem Krasniqi and published by EU Observer.com:
The European Commission has told
The EU executive is expected to release its progress report on
The Commission remarks come after new friction on Monday [16 July 2007] between the ruling Macedonian party of prime minister Nikola Gruevski and the main ethnic Albanian opposition party. The opposition party left the parliament session accusing the ruling party of breaching a May agreement on minority rights.
Enforcing the rights of ethnic Albanians - which represent one quarter of
Last May, the Albanian opposition party decided to end a five month boycott of the parliament following a deal with the ruling party on political, cultural and social rights of ethnic Albanians. This harboured hope that country would return to political stability and improve the prospects of further steps toward the EU.
The deal was mediated by EU and US representatives in
But on Monday, hopes for political stability and better inter-ethnic relations received a setback as the law on the use of Albanian language was not included in the parliamentary rulebook by the ruling party, prompting the opposition's lawmakers and two other members of another smaller party of ethnic Albanians to leave the parliament session.
Respecting the 2001 Ohrid Agreement – which ended seven months of fighting between Ali Ahmeti-led guerrilla and Macedonian security forces - and the May Agreement has now become the core of
Last week the European Parliament said in a resolution that
All aspects will be examined and analysed in the Commission progress report on