Albanians in Macedonia: Flag Ban
Below is an excerpt of an article by Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN):
The Court’s conclusion means that the Albanian flag can no longer be displayed on a permanent basis alongside the Macedonian flag in front of municipal buildings in areas where ethnic Albanians make majority.
The Court justified its ruling on the grounds that
Mahmut Jusufi, the President of the
Jusufi noted that all three Albanian members, including him, voted against.
“I want to mention that for us, this was a political decision by the Court”, he added.
Jusufi said that this was the first time the Court had reached a decision without a consensus.
The spokesman of the Democratic Party of Albanians, part of the governing coalition, condemned the Court’s decision.
Ruzhdi Matoshi blamed the opposition Social Democrats, SDSM, and the main Albanian opposition party, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI for plotting.
“At a time when
But mayors representing the DUI, which is the largest ethnic Albanian party, have said they will continue to display the Albanian flag in the 14 municipalities where they are in control. […]