The government and the opposition agreed to form a working group

Parliamentary session / photo: Sloboden Pechat - Dragan Mitreski

The French proposal, although it was announced, was not adopted by the government session yesterday, and the working group will also prolong the parliamentary debate on the French proposal. According to our sources, the Government will not rush to adopt the document, because the consultations are still ongoing and have not been exhausted.

After two days of intensive consultations, the government and the opposition agreed to form a working group for the French proposal. Although it was initially announced as a parliamentary group, it has been agreed that, apart from MPs, ministers and party officials will also participate in it. The goal is, if possible, for the government and the opposition to approximate the views on the French proposal and to reach consensual conclusions on the document from Paris in the Assembly.

Because of this, as "Sloboden Pechat" already announced, the French proposal, although it was announced, was not adopted by the government session yesterday, and the working group will also prolong the parliamentary debate on the French proposal. According to our sources, the Government will not rush to adopt the document, because the consultations are still ongoing and have not been exhausted. The Government reiterates that nothing that interferes or potentially interferes with identity, education, history, will not be part of the negotiation framework.

The proposal is that two representatives each from VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM, one each from DUI and Alliance for Albanians and another from the smaller parliamentary parties participate in the working group. Unofficially, as representatives from the SDSM in the group will be the Vice Prime Minister for European integration Bijan Maricic and the coordinator of the parliamentary group of the SDSM Jovan Mitreski.

The formation of the working group from yesterday's protest in front of the Government was announced as a new proposal by the leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Micksoski, and earlier such a group was announced by the president of the DS Pavle Trayanov.

- The positions of VMRO-DPMNE and the remarks that will be made in the working group will reflect the positions that Mickoski announced after the meeting with Kovacevski. Then the leader's statement was to delete articles 11 and 14 of the protocol, and then in the negotiating framework where we have principles on which the negotiations are conducted, to delete the articles where the annual reviews are and the part where they refer to the protocol of the first interim government conference. The proposal of VMRO-DPMNE will be in the direction of protecting the identity, the language, but also turning away from the Bulgarian megalomaniac demands connected with the denial of history - briefed by VMRO-DPMNE.

Parliamentary sources say that the course and outcome of the working group's work will also depend on when the President of the Assembly, Talat Xhaferi, will schedule the session for the French proposal.

SDSM confirms today's meeting, but denies that the working group will be for the negotiation framework.

Today it is expected to be clearer what the working group will do, because as the smaller government partners DS, DOM and LDP have already stated, they also expect a change in the French proposal, otherwise they will not support it. They said at the meeting with Prime Minister Kovacevski and the President of the State Stevo Pendarovski that it is unacceptable for them if bilateral issues related to history and education are part of the negotiation process. The three parties demand changes in the negotiation framework. The French proposal is acceptable to SDSM and NSDP. The French proposal is acceptable to both the Alliance for Albanians and Besa.

Vice Prime Minister Maricic and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bujar Osmani, in a guest appearance on National Television, emphasized that all four remarks of VMRO-DPMNE have already been incorporated into the proposal.

According to SDSM, the proposal is a "good basis" and the party supports the Government to continue the consultation process for making a final decision.

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