Four days prior to the start of the lawsuit he launched against SDSM leader Zoran Zaev, VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski said he was ready to reach out his hand to SDSM offering a packet of measures that would restore political dialogue in the country, Utrinski vesnik reports on its front page.
Gruevski’s message that he is willing to reach out his hand and that that SDSM in return should stop their conduct destructive for both the country and its citizens, however ironically articulated, is the first sign that something can be done to overcome the political rift between VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM, rendered deeper by the early parliamentary elections the results of which the opposition refused to recognize.
No information could be obtained Sunday as to what this package could contain. The paper comments that either because of the celebration of VMRO-DPMNE’s 24th birthday on Sunday or because the package is still just an idea of the top party leaders that has not yet been put on paper, no one in VMRO-DPMNE dared assume in what direction the talks with the opposition, if any, would go.
“I am ready to offer them a package that would address all their mistakes, just as we accepted, at their request, the humiliating marking of voters with visible ink for the sole purpose of showing them that this is not the cause of their failure. The only thing I ask of them to do is to stop this behavior which is destructive for both the state and its citizens. I am reaching out my hand. It is up to them whether they would accept it. Macedonia has to move forward and SDSM has to behave responsibly,” Gruevski said and expressed hope that SDSM would summon strength to get back on the right track and to fight their political battle the way the whole civilized world does.