Dnevnik: Platform is meant to save Albanians from Census


If the platform of the Albanian parties and the conditions set out therein are accepted by the SDSM, then even if a census is conducted which shows the Albanians to be well below the 20%, it wouldn't matter, because they've already achieved their goal, making the language official even if they are 1% of the population, reports Dnevnik.

This in effect means that the Albanian platform is a kind of prevention because if the census showed their true numbers in Macedonia hover around 16 percent, thus defacto means that the Ohrid Framework Agreement is no longer valid. In such a case, the Albanian political party will be in a defensive mode and will seek guarantees from the Macedonians that they would not lose the rights they gained under the Ohrid Framework Agreement. They would also lose the leverage to blackmail the Macedonia, something they currently have. 

"The Census and the language issue are the sole and only reasons why the negotiations between VMRO-DPMNE and DUI fell apart" reports Dnevnik. DUI strongly disagrees with conducting census because they know they are not nowhere near the fabricated 25%, of the population. Therefore, for the Albanian political bloc, it's now or never, and the only thing they can get something going where the census would be rendered meaningless is with Zoran Zaev and the SDSM - reports Dnevnik.

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