DAILY BRIEF Debate on constitutional changes continues

With a message for reconciliation and forgiveness, starting with the events that took place on April 27, when Prime Minister Zoran Zaev was the target of an attack, and according to him, also for lynching, yesterday the President of the Government in his address at the beginning of the session for constitutional changes in the Parliament called on the MPs to vote for the constitutional changes for the country to join NATO and EU.

The biggest responsibility for this historic decision, according to Zaev, is in the hands of the MPs, and in the call to the MPS he said that those who still have doubts about what the real choice is, to think, because there is nothing more valuable for thinking through.

For Zaev, the opposite of the voting on the changes will throw us in isolation and uncertain future, and will bring us insecurity and poverty.

The Prime Minister, from the parliamentary podium today said that he had always been for a dialogue and finding solutions through talks, and that it absolutely does not cross his mind for him to influence the institutions or courts.

VMRO-DPMNE MP Krsto Jovanovski, proposed to Zaev for the leaders of the two biggest Macedonian parties to sit down and to make a decision for the future of the country, and in that sense Zaev clarified that the name of the state does not change, but that it is just being supplemented.

Jovanovski stated that he would vote against the changes of the Constitution, because as he pointed out, among else, he does not believe in what is written in the agreement from Prespa, and also because one of the conditions of the referendum has not been fulfilled.

VMRO-DPMNE today sent a request to the Parliament in which it demands from Mickoski to speak in front of the MPs on the proposed constitutional changes.

The President of Parliament, Talat Xhaferi, rejected this request as ungrounded, saying that there is no procedural basis for a leader of a party who is not an MP to make an address from the parliamentary podium.

However, Mickoski’s request was rejected also because the written request had been addressed to Mr. Xhaferi, and not to the President of the Parliament, Xhaferi.

The pre-accession negotiations for Macedonia’s accession to NATO officially start on Thursday and Friday in Brussels, with the visit of the members of the Committee for NATO integration and the Working Committee for integration at the Alliance headquarters, where they will meet with its representatives who will be involved in the process of determining the country’s compliance with the NATO standards.

With this session of talks in Brussels, Macedonia de facto is opening the last phase in the relations with NATO before membership in the Alliance, for which the country received an invitation at the summit in July in Brussels this year, was highlighted today by the National Coordinator for NATO, Stevo Pendarovski, at a press conference, together with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Radmila Sekerinska and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov.

The house arrest for Sasko Vasilevski, MP from the oppositional VMRO-DPMNE, is being terminated, and he will be released with a guarantee of around 40,000 euros. Vasilevski is accused for the events of “April 27”, and unofficially the decision was made today, whereas the Prosecution will not appeal this decision and will not request continuation of the house arrest.

Today in the court, the trial for “April 27” continued. Due to technical reasons, the accused and the lawyers for the events that took place on April 27 waited for more than an hour for the start of the hearing for the endangered witness C1.

The Head of the Greek diplomacy, Nikos Kotzias, following the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxemburg, stated that without accepting the Prespa Agreement there is no

solution and that even with simple math from primary school it is not possible to reach a better agreement for each side, “as the oppositions in both of the countries claim”.

Angela Petrovska

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