FYROMacedonia’s DPA Demands New State Symbols
Skopje | 06 July 2009 |
The platform will be presented to the public shortly, an unnamed party source told local daily Vreme.
New national symbols should reflect the “multiethnic character of the state,” the source said, adding, “The Albanian language should be official throughout the whole country.”
The party will also demand a new official map of municipalities.
DPA head Menduh Thacihad previously advocated similar reforms, arguing that these represented the country’s last chance “to once and for all make things straight between FYROMacedonians and Albanians.” He has said that the existing accord is dead, arguing it has been ignored by the ruling parties.
His proposals have encountered stiff resistance from all other parties in the country and from foreign ambassadors. The European Union ambassador to FYROMacedonia, Erwan Fouere, cautioned recently that, instead of demanding new deals, FYROMacedonian political movementsshould focus on full implementation of the existing agreement.
The DPA is a signatory party to the Ohrid Accord, which secured an end to a six-month insurgency through granting greater rights to ethnic Albanians who make up one-quarter of the population.
Through the deal, the Albanian language was made official in the areas where Albanians predominate. Its provisions gave greater autonomy to the municipalities and secured proportional employment quotas for Albanians in the public service and security forces.
The implementation of the agreement has not gone smoothly with partisan quarrels and disputes over competing interests marring relations in the intervening years.
Nonetheless, the accord has been adopted by the West as a cornerstone in rebuilding Macedonia as a multiethnic and democratic society.
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