- 28 October 2001
Skopje, October 29th, 2001
Police has returned in five villages.
On 22 October security forces entered the villages of Tearce, Leshok,
Lopate, Opae and Grushino. The police patrols comprise three Macedonians
and three ethnic Albanians. In the villages, together with the police
OSCE, EU and NATO representatives entered. On October 25 mixed police
patrol has been hindered to enter the part of the village inhabited by
Police office and municipal building bombed.
On 22 October after police forces departed from Tearce, unidentified individuals
have bombed the police office and the municipal building. A great material
damage has been done.
Part of the abducted Macedonians are probably alive. According to Macedonian
language daily Dnevnik, part of the twelve abducted Macedonians that had
been abducted by extremists three months ago have been murdered and buried
in a mass grave. Crisis Management Center says it has no information for
the existence of such mass grave. President Trajkovski has sent a letter
to Hague Tribunal Prosecutor Carla del Ponte, to NATO General Secretary
George Robertson and to Hugh EU Commissioner Javier Solana in order to
urge an investigation on the issue. Albanian language daily Fakti published
the former commander Leka's statement saying that all abducted civilians
detained by the NLA have been released.
Police officer wounded.
On 28 October armed individuals have attacked the police checkpoint by
the Tetovo cableway and one police officer was wounded. According to Tetovo
Interior Sector, armed individuals have opened fire from the Tetovsko
Tekje, Drenovec 2, Shipad, Block 82 as well as from other locations.
Constitutional Commission has supported nine proposal-amendments.
On 22 October members of Constitutional Commission supported four proposal-amendments
submitted by constitutional reforms proposer, President Trajkovski. These
amendments refer to the use of language, participation of community member
into public administration, ways of adopting laws referring to interethnic
issues and the amendment referring to National Ombudsman. On 23 October
the Constitutional Commission has supported five other proposal-amendments.
President Trajkovski on 24 October submitted three more amendments referring
to the protection of cultural identity and the rights of community members,
protection and promotion of cultural heritage, as well as the procedure
on election of Constitutional Court judges.
President Trajkovski met with EU special envoy.
On 24 October President Trajkovski met with the new EU Special Envoy to
Macedonia Allan Le Roy, who replaced Francois Leotard. As Envoy Le Roy
stated, his main task in Macedonia would be the quick approval of the
Georgievski and Boshkovski meet with families of abducted civilians.
On 25 October Prime Minister Georgievski and Interior Minister Boshkovski
had a meeting with the families of the Macedonians abducted by the NLA.
The Prime Minister and Interior Minister have pledged to the families
that the Framework Agreement would not be passed until the abducted are
Javier Solana and four leaders reached an agreement on the Preamble text.
EU High Commissioner Javier Solana arrived on 26 October and met with
leaders of four main parliament parties co-signers of the Ohrid Agreement.
They reached an agreement on the text of the new preamble, as follows:
"Citizens of the Republic of Macedonia, the Macedonian people, as
well as citizens living within the borders of Macedonia, who are parts
of the Albanian people, Turkish people, Vlach people, Serbian people,
Roma people, Boshnyak people and others
" President Trajkovski
on 26 October submitted the last two amendments to the Assembly.
Constitutional Commission sessions postponed.
Assembly Speaker Stojan Andov has postponed Constitutional
Commission sessions on 26 October, which was supposed to be held on the
four new amendments submitted by President Trajkovski. According to information
from the RM Assembly, the constitutional reforms are to be approved by
the Assembly by 12 November.