July 1 - July 7,
Skopje, July 8th, 2002
Security and political
In the Tetovo
villages of Poroj, Dzepciste, Germo, Vejce, Semsevo, Ozmoriste, Palatica
and Trebos, the limited patrolling of the ethnically mixed police patrols
was officially completed. This means that conditions for 24-hour
patrolling of the police in these villages were fulfilled, which marks the
completion of the process of reintegration of all 72 populated places in
the Tetovo area. Out of 142 localities included in the Plan for
redeployment of the police, the reintegration has been completed in 140.
Suspect for molesting of
workers last year arrested.
As the Ministry of Interior reported, the main suspect for molesting
of and kidnapping of the four workers of the "Mavrovo" company last year
was arrested near the village of Vratnica on July 2.
The border crossing of
On July 3, ethnic Albanians blocked the border crossing of Blace in a
sign of revolt for the detaining of three former NLA fighters. After the
completion of the pre-trial procedure, the Ministry of Interior liberated
these persons, after which the border crossing was de-blocked.
The villagers of
Tanusevci returned to their homes.
On July 5,
ethnically mixed police patrols escorted by international representatives
entered in the Skopje village of Tanusevci. A group of villagers also
entered in the village and they decided to stay in their homes.
The number of foreign
monitors for the elections to be increased.
According to the Office for democratic institutions and human rights,
750 short-therm and 50 long-therm monitors are due to arrive in Macedonia.
The Macedonian police and the NATO foxes will take care of the security of
the OSCE monitors during the parliamentary elections.
Patten calls for free
On July 3, during his stay in Macedonia, Euro-commissioner Chris
Patten called the Macedonian politicians to provide fair and peaceful
elections in September.
President of the State
Election Commission known.
After the consultations with the parties-signatories of the Framework
Agreement, Macedonian president Boris Trajkovski appointed Mirjana
Lazarova-Trajkovska for President of the State Election Commission on July
3. Her deputy will be Safet Aliu, judge in the Supreme Court. The
political parties-signatories of the Framework Agreement, ought to suggest
the other SEC members in timeframe of five days.
in Macedonia scheduled.
On July 4,
Macedonian assembly chairman Stojan Andov signed the decision for
scheduling of parliamentary elections on September 15.
The Democratic Union for Integration was registered as 60th
political party in the country. Its president is Ali Ahmeti. Officials
from the Trial Court in Skopje say that the party had all necessary
documents for registration.