Time: 10:26 a.m. CEST
After last-night decision of Democratic Union for Integration to support Social Democratic Union of Macedonia for a majority in the Parliament, this political party would discus further steps for possible government coalition.
Hours after these developments upon December 11 general elections, The Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity released a statement on their website, refuting suggestions for written recognition of Albanian language as official language in the country.
Almost two months after public revelation of the document political parties of Albanians in Macedonia signed in Tirana under mentorship of Albanian Prime minister Edi Rama, VMRO-DPMNE distances itself.
“Realization of Tirana’s platform and attempts to impose Albanian language as official language represent redefinition of Republic of Macedonia, challenges multiethnic character of the state and leaves the members of other ethnic communities unessential,” the statement says.
In the statement, “executive committee of VMRO-DPMNE party concludes that the rule of coalition between winning Macedonian and Albanian parties is irreversibly broken, regardless if DUI would make a coalition with SDSM or will support minority government.” VMRO-DPMNE says that part of the articles in the draft law on languages revealed by the media, “accepted by SDSM, are not acceptable to VMRO-DPMNE party and endanger state and national’s interests.”
VMRO-DPMNE warns perpetual issues could arise in the future. “These concessions given by SDSM could cause long lasting damage, tensions and instability. A large part of the solutions would not improve the lives of Albanians in Macedonia,” claims VMRO-DPMNE.
Shabby details revealed include broader scope in use of Albanian language than existing, ranging from communication in the government, interactions of this ethnic population with authorities, border checkpoints, or printing bilingual money.
With the amendments to the Constitution in 2001, article 5 and Law on languages define the use of language in communities with over 20% of population, which are not belonging to Macedonian ethnic majority.