DAILY BRIEF April 5: Dialogue on the SPO, meetings, political abuse of children…
With demands for amnesty, there is no law and justice in our country
The adoption of the Law on the Public Prosecutor’s Office, which will ensure law, justice and punishment of crimes in our country, is a condition for starting negotiations with the EU, is said from the Ministry of Justice.
According to them, the desperate attempt to include a hidden amnesty in the Law, will additionally contribute to continuing the criminal prosecution and finalization of the court proceedings against current and former officials of political parties.
“The chances for an agreement depend on how much VMRO-DPMNE will adhere firmly to the guidelines of their manager from Budapest. It is high time for Mickoski to reconsider what is more important to him: whether it is the European future of our citizens or the salvation of the person who is managing his party from Budapest”, is said from the Ministry of Justice.
Zaev: There is progress on the SPO
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev today in regards to the question as to when talks for the SPO will continue, and whether there is a deadline for waiting for support from the opposition VMRO-DPMNE, says that talks are in progress and that there is some progress.
“I will leave this for the Minister of Justice and representatives of VMRO-DPMNE to comment, who are currently discussing. The smaller opposition parties, such as the Alliance for the Albanians and Besa, have given their instructions and have given space for an agreement to be reached first with the biggest opposition party. The eight MPs who are in the new parliamentary group of VMRO-DPMNE and the coalition, have also given their directions and instructions, but first gave room for the biggest opposition party. I believe that very soon this will yield positive results, and I believe that ways will be found for this to be brought on time, so that it can be part of the report, which is published after the completion of the elections for the EP, but is written in the beginning of May”, stated Zaev.
Dimitrov at a meeting with NATO foreign ministers
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov, participated in the Meeting of NATO foreign ministers.
“This is a special day for us, because it is a first meeting of such ranks, at which our country participated with an equal right to a discussion”, said Dimitrov.
“In the opening of the working session, NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, gave Minister Dimitrov a warm welcome and once again stressed that he expects the ratification process in all the countries to be completed as soon as possible. It is our great pleasure that all the ministers sent sincere congratulations for the “deserved seat” at the table of the allies.
The visit to Washington concluded with meetings with the ministers of foreign affairs of Hungary, Portugal and Poland. In addition to our interest for the ratification of the NATO Accession Protocol, the support of these countries for the start of the EU negotiations was also discussed. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary stressed their clear position for the start of the negotiations with the Republic of North Macedonia without any delay. Such efforts were shared also by the other two interlocutors of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. With the Polish delegation there were also discussions about the possibility for cooperation and assistance in regards to the use of EU funds.
Cases of political abuse of children
Abuse of children for election and political purposes, unfortunately, is not lacking in this election process as well.
The Facebook page Macedonia, which has over 30.000 followers, in addition to calls for boycotting the upcoming presidential elections, contents full of hate speech and against the Prespa Agreement, is also publishing photos of little children in a political context.
It concerns a photo published on April 1, which probably should be a mask for April Fools’ Day, but published in this context is abuse of children for political purposes. There isn’t even consent from the parent for posting the photo. Such an act is extremely unacceptable.
CIVIL: Stop political abuse of children!
CIVIL – Center for Freedom most strongly condemns abuse of children and minors for political and elections purposes. Based on CIVIL’s long-term monitoring, cases of abuse of children and minors have been determined also after the start of the campaign for presidential elections in the Republic of North Macedonia.
Political abuse of children is forbidden by law! According to Article 12, paragraph 4, of the Law on Child Protection, abuse of children for political or religious organization and action is forbidden.
CIVIL reminds political parties, parents, the media and institutions that every child, without any exception, has the right to a dignified life, and to enjoy all the rights stipulated in the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Law on Child Protection. Many children do not have access to quality education, health care protection and dignified living conditions. They have the right to a carefree childhood, free from daily political events.
Yesterday’s day of the election campaign went by in the sign of several serious reactions and a more or less decent debate of the presidential candidates, but also with several statements that indicate that there are things that we are yet to hear and see.
Blerim Reka, independent candidate in the presidential elections in North Macedonia, left an impression with his reaction in regards to the inclusion of Imer Selmani, Honorary Consul of Republic of Albania in the campaign of Stevo Pendarovski. For Reka, this is a political determination of a consul that should be excluded from public presentations and support.
“The political abuse of the position Honorary Consul of Republic of Albania, due to personal interests, is not an honour for Republic of Albania, nor for Republic of North Macedonia, and is also not an honour for the citizens of this country”, assesses Reka’s election headquarters”, is said in the Electoral geography for European North Macedonia.