admin1 – February 26, 2006 – 12:02pm

FAKTI, 27 February, 2004

Emin Azemi

A politician’s death will indubitably leave consequences to the development of that country. It is too early to say what the consequences will be, but one can certainly say that President Trajkovski’s death is a big blow to the policy of equilibrium he attempted to plant in the past few years.

The loss created by the premature departure of the State’s leader from the political scene cannot be substituted hastily and easily, because, as any other President, Trajkovski rose above party membership in order to reflect an institutional unity.

The fact that all individuals and subjects who refused to recognize him as President once, gathered around him later, should be also taken into consideration. Besides that, Trajkovski’s personality could be also a symbol of amortization of all antagonisms in the country, since the days the Ohrid Agreement was being negotiated. One could freely say that in the most recent Macedonian history, Trajkovski was the most acceptable president in the creased landscape of political differences.

The airplane crash that murdered President Trajkovski and other eight persons cannot be deprived of a detailed analysis of the reasons and circumstances that led to the same. The initial information on the technical performances of the aircraft the President and his associates traveled with raises suspicions around a problematic diagram in the airplane’s testing. The team engaged in the President’s travels, especially the technical one, should be held responsible in the later investigation stages, because they have failed to signalize the eventual handicaps of the out-dated aircraft.

The initial comments made by the western diplomats who knew him closely and collaborated with him declare their regret for the premature loss of a colleague and partner in both good and evil.

Trajkovski’s pro-western affinities for a longer time aroused hopes in the Macedonian citizens. Great passions were also stirred for the European and Atlantic integration processes of the country. Being led by these hopes, the Albanians in Macedonia in 1999 cast their votes believing it is an additional possibility towards a pro-western orientation of Macedonia’s national policy.

The violent termination of Trajkovski’s pro-western affinities matched the day Macedonia was supposed to apply for EU membership. Only time will show the political repercussions of the absence of the President on Macedonia’s destiny in the integration processes. This electoral year will show the ability to fulfill the vacuum with societal, political and social equilibrium and rationality. No body can withhold the fact that Macedonia is faced with a great challenge. (end)