Macedonia is ready to recognize Kosovo’s independence after Albania does and after Pristina and Belgrade sign an agreement, correspondent of FOCUS News Agency in Skopje reported, citing sources linked to the government.
According to Skopje’s Television Channel 5, Ali Ahmeti, leader of the Democratic Union for Integration (BDI- An Albanian Party in Coalition government), pointed out that Kosovo’s independence would bring peace and stability to Macedonia and in the region. Ahmeti made this statement right after his meeting with the People’s Movement for Kosovo[Kosova] in Pristina. Such statement could represent the common opinion of Macedonian society.
Media in Skopje informs that BDI partners in the government – the social democrats of Crvenkovski and Buckovski, have not made a comment regarding former NLA ( NAtional Liberation Army) commander’s statement but they do not reject the claim that they are ready to recognize Kosovo’s statute right after Albania does so.
Government circles believe that in the next 18 months, the international community will concentrate on resolving the Kosovo issue and convincing Belgrade to recognize Kosovo’s independence. Therefore, January 1st 2007 could be considered possible independence day for Kosovo[Kosova]. F.F