Ilir Kulla: Albanians Must Boycott Elections in Tearca, Political Assimilation Can't Be Allowed
Albanian Daily News
Published December 23, 2016

In an interview given to 'Zhurnal' News Agency, the
known Albanian analyst, Ilir Kulla, expert of National Security, makes a
radiography of the post-electoral situation in Macedonia and calls to boycott
the elections in Tearca on view of the fact that Albanians gain no benefits
from this process, adding that they should focus on the negotiations and take
what belongs to them.

- Mr. Kulla, the recent electoral process in
Macedonia evidenced the Albanian vote's disruption in many parties, with
different political philosophies. BDI lost some MPs, 'BESA' gained some MPs,
PDSH is slowly disintegrating. Do you see something more than a political
tumult of the political scene?

- I am concerned by the catastrophic reduction of
the number of Albanian MPs and their votes' disintegration. LSDM votes with
70.000 Albanian votes which produced 2 MPs in LSDM lists and is the culmination
of these votes, when there should had been at least 7 Albanian nationality MPs.
Thus, we are facing an unprecedented political deception whose political
dimensions are incomparable with any other country of the Balkans. It's the
same as saying to Albanians in Albania to vote Dule and UHRP if you are not
satisfied by the traditional Albanian parties.

-  Gruevski
and Zaev are looking for Albanian Parties MPs support to govern Macedonia,
while offering very few things in exchange. Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama
convened in Tirana the Albanian political factor in Macedonia for
consultations. But Ali Ahmeti avoided the collective call emphasizing his
leadership and independence. Which is your opinion on these movements by the
Macedonian and Albanian leaders a few days after the electoral process?

- Pairs will seek alliances and this is normal. I
also think that each pair will demand more for the other but 2 things should
not change. First of all, they should be united and strong in the negotiation
table; Second, Albanian can't allow their political assimilation, a threat that
became visible by voting a Macedonian party.

- Skopje's Court accepted a complaint filed by the
opposition's coalition, leaded by LSDM against the State Election Commission
(SEC) for the December 18 elections, considering null the voting process in
Tearce, City Hall poll station, in the 6th electoral zone. This decision is
contrary to that of SEC, which ruled two days ago that LSDM complaint for
irregularities during voting process in the above-mentioned poll station was
not based on facts. LSDM thinks that Tearca may be the key to success for
country's governance. Do you think that there will be a new institutional
conflict which may destabilize Macedonia?

- Albanians should boycott the repeated elections in
Tearce, I even call on them to do so. Albanians are already divided, thus no
further disruption is needed. Let the Macedonian resolve the situation in
Tearce, because independently from their vote Albanians will have no benefits
in Tearce".

- European Commission extended an appeal to the
country's political actors to act with amenability in order to restore people's
confidence on the institutions and democratic processes. US Embassy is
conducting a series of meetings with LSDM and BDI to ease tensions and find
solutions. Meanwhile Gruevski speaks over an influence of magnate Soros in the
international community in Macedonia. How may we read these developments?

- The problems with Soros factor in East Europe,
including Albania, are found everywhere. Gruevski is not the first one that
raises this concern. I think that Albanians should govern with the one that
gives more in the negotiations table and the one that is more committed toward
demagogy and propaganda".


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