TACI: GREECE BEHIND VIOLENCE
The leader of Macedonia’s Democratic Party of Albanians appears to suggest Greece orchestrated violence during the elections, and not members of his party.
“A neighboring country’s secret service has invested millions in one Macedonian political party in order to destabilise the country with serious election irregularities,” Democratic Party of Albanians leader Menduh Thaci told media.
Thaci refused to mention the name of the country but it was clear he was talking about Greece.
“This helped them to acquire fresh arguments why Macedonia should not get a NATO invitation because the “name” argument is too weak,” Thaci went on to suggest.
Athens-Skopje relations plunged to a new low in April after Greece vetoed Macedonia’s invitation to join NATO. Greece says the name Macedonia implies Skopje's territorial claims on the northern Greek province of the same name and vetoed Macedonia’s NATO bid because of the unresolved dispute.
Thaci did not say whether the political party that he mentioned was the DPA’s bitter ethnic Albanian political rival, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, with which they previously exchanged strong accusations over who was behind the violence that left one person dead and several wounded during the June 1 polls.
The DPA leader rebuffed previous claims by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE, poll monitors that DPA members in high police positions are responsible for the violence and irregularities during the election.
On Monday after Sunday’s poll rerun, the OSCE head of Macedonia mission, Robert Barry urged for a “removal of party activists from senior political positions,” directly singling out high police officials from DPA ranks including the Deputy Interior Minister Refet Elmazi.
MD: Many people thought this, and how could we not? But then again, there is no proof, maybe in the future?