in Macedonian Government
Macedonia For ten years, Macedonia's
vice president, Dosta
Dimovska, and Prime Minister Ljubco Georgievski were the closest
of allies. Tonight in Skopje, however, that alliance was severed by
Dimovska's abrupt resignation from the vice presidency, as well as
the Crisis Coordination Body, which she had chaired. There has not
yet been time for the implications to sink in, and there is still
an official "no comment" from the spokesmen of Macedonia's
ruling party, VMRO-DPMNE. The word on the street, however, is that
the falling out has to do primarily with divergent views on the issue
of police checkpoints and redeployment in Albanian-controlled areas.
Georgievski has sought a robust and full return of Macedonian security
forces to the crisis areas, whereas Dimovska has tended to side with
the OSCE and EU monitors, who have sought to remove the checkpoints.
It may not be coincidental that earlier today a major meeting of OSCE
representatives took place in downtown Skopje, and that on the same
day the signers of the Framework Agreement (Treaty of Ochrid) also
Christopher Deliso is a journalist and travel writer with special interest in current events in the areas of the former Byzantine Empire the Balkans, Greece, Turkey, and Caucasus. Mr. Deliso holds a master's degree with honors in Byzantine Studies (from Oxford University), and has traveled widely in the region. His current long-term research projects include the Macedonia issue, the Cyprus problem, and ethnography of Byzantine Georgia.
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