ANDREAS GROSS: "PRESIDENT TRAJKOVSKI'S DEATH WAS MURDER, NOT ACCIDENT"
The crash of President Boris Trajkovski's plane was no accident, but murder, claims Swiss member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Andreas Gross.
During Tuesday's debate in Strasbourg, Gross criticized the comparison made by several MPs of the recent plane crash of Polish President Lech Kaczynski with the ones of the Macedonian President in 2004 and UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld in 1961.
According to Gross, the parallel is unfortunate, since the comparison ends with the fact that the planes crashed on all occasions, reports Deutsche Welle.
"The crashes of Hammarskjöld and Trajkovski's planes were no accidents. They were murders", stressed Gross.
According to him, the blame for Trajkovski's death "should be sought in the West, not in the East".
Macedonian MP Igor Ivanovski challenged these claims, referring to Gross' report, in which he concluded the crash was an accident, although a number of issues remain open and unanswered.
MD: Big accusation here. Many people in Macedonia suspected that it was murder instead of a incident after president Trajkovski died, but nothing has been proved and nobody dares to touch that subject. Some things surrounding his death were indeed fishy, but who knows? Time will tell...