Rewarding terrorism in Macedonia
The pregnant pause in fighting in the Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is about to end. Last week, Prime Minister Ljubco Georgievski bluntly rejected a so-called peace plan backed by the United States and the European Union that would give ethnic Albanians more rights, thus rewarding their terror campaign against Macedonia. "What we have on the table is a document tailored to break up Macedonia", said the Prime Minister. He also called the draft "a blatant violation of Macedonia's internal affairs". Mr Georgievski accused the West of siding with Albanian terrorists, saying that their "terrorist actions are performed with logistical support from so-called western democracies". A Macedonian army spokesman said that troops had been given orders to fire if the terrorists came closer than 200 yards. Mr Georgievski's comments were made immediately after the US envoy James Pardew and his EU counterpart Francois Leotard had issued a joint statement expressing support for the draft document. Not surprisingly, ethnic Albanian political leaders are in favour of the draft and were hoping to sign it when NATO Secretary-General Lord Robertson and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana visit Macedonia. "Responsibility (for the renewed conflict) will lie with the terrorists and politicians who are proposing unacceptable solutions", said a government spokesperson.