admin1 – October 5, 2006 – 2:32pm

The Democratic Union for Integration (BDI) will not respect the law for the police if the Assembly ratifies the same without the Badinter principle. BDI representatives claim that the new law would also be ignored by the ethnic Albanians in Macedonia.

"I do not want to forecast any dark scenarios, but the situation is clear: if this law is ratified without the Badinter principle, it will provoke dissatisfaction among the Albanians. But I cannot prejudge in what form this dissatisfaction will be manifested," BDI Deputy Chairman Musa Xhaferi said at yesterday's press conference.

He presented a series of remarks about the content of this law, which he said were also conveyed to Interior Minister Gordana Jankulovska. "This law cannot be the basis for a reformed security system that would be in accordance with the international standards. It does not reflect the Framework Agreement regulations concerning the authorities of the local police and the chiefs of the local police; it does not define the official use of the Albanian language; it deals with the issue of corresponding and equitable representation only superficially; and none of the articles define how the members of the non-majority communities will be protected from discrimination upon employment in the security structures," Xhaferi said. BDI also requested that all civil and administrative services related to the police be transferred to the municipal services. Xhaferi stressed that this proposed law degrades the role and authorities of the chiefs of the local police stations and it places them under the control of the police sectors.

BDI explained that they wanted to endorse this law while they were in power, but that they were prevented from doing this due to VMRO-DPMNE and PDSH's obstructions through the referendum and their opposition to the Law for the Tetovo University. "Over the last year and a half we looked for better and more acceptable resolutions for the Albanian community," Xhaferi claimed.