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I will try to form a government, but not at any price. If everything goes under the current principles established in Macedonia, I should form a government. If they are violated, everything is possible, VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski says in an interview with Dnevnik daily, on the occasion of the joint platform announced by the Albanian parties in Macedonia, which will serve as their launch pad in the negotiations for government formation with one of the two Macedonian parties. Here are a few segments of the interview that comes out in Mondays’s issue of the newspaper.

The Albanian parties have adopted a joint platform in the negotiations for government formation. Does that suggest that this time they might not enter into coalition with VMRO-DPMNE?

Yes, such an atmosphere again as in the past is now being created by the media and people who run or belong to or are associates of NGOs financed by the Open Society Institute. The interference of some foreign politicians and diplomats in the story is part of the same operation, run from one center. However, the decision will be ours, of DUI and other parties, and nobody can say that someone else suggested it or exerted pressure because in the end the final decision is ours.

Many Albanian politicians and analysts claim that the Albanian electorate wants a government led by SDSM and the Albanian parties.

In 2008 the Macedonian electorate, especially VMRO’s, did not want VMRO-DPMNE to enter into coalition with DUI, but it happened mostly because the Albanians in Macedonia wanted DUI to represent them in the Government.

But this time the Albanian media share the same position …

Yes, same as the Macedonian media did in 2008.

They also say that DUI’s membership doesn’t want a coalition with VMRO-DPMNE.

I do not know what DUI’s membership thinks, but I know what VMRO-DPMNE’s membership thought in 2008, and to some extent in 2011 and 2014. However, VMRO-DPMNE then decide to form a coalition with DUI, because it was obvious that it was the will of the majority of Albanian voters expressed in the elections.

Wasn’t so in 2006?

In 2006, it could not be otherwise because not only we did not know each other but also our different positions were still fresh since the conflict in 2001, when we were two opposing sides in a war. However, we, the politicians, and later our electorates found the strength to overcome these challenges.


Still, DUI may make a different decision…

DUI has the right to make any decision it wants. Same as we.

Are you saying that in the future you would not form a coalition with them if now they decide not to go into coalition with VMRO-DPMNE, the party that won the most votes and MPs?

I meant, generally, everyone makes a decision for themselves, but if you want I will answer this question as well. If now DUI goes into coalition with the second rather than the first party, with the loser instead of the winner, of course, it would mean establishing a new practice and tradition in Macedonia, to which we would certainly adapt, not only now but also in the future.

So, you want to say that if now DUI doesn’t go into coalition with VMRO-DPMNE as the winner, in the next election if you win, you will not form a coalition with them.

If VMRO-DPMNE as the winning party gets played by DUI, no matter the reasons for that, be confident that soon, VMRO-DPMNE will be back in a big way in the government, at least two terms in a row. And we would be under no obligation while forming the government.

However, six Albanian parties, or three parties and a coalition of three parties adopted a joint platform.

We were in the past, we are now and will be in the future about 25 parties in a coalition with a joint platform. If we want to play the game with platforms, no problem, that’s how we will roll from now on..

Ahmeti said that the interests of the Albanians and the platform of all Albanian parties is most important thing for him?

For me the interests of Macedonians and all citizens of Macedonia, including the ethnic Albanians are the most important. I believe that they a aware that in coalition with SDSM, their platform can help SDSM get political points within the Albanian electorate.

And would it not help the Albanians in Macedonia?

It will not help the Albanians in Macedonia by introducing bilingualism throughout the whole territory, including Delcevo, Berovo, Gevgelija or Kavadarci. It can help them if in the next four years another 100 or 150 new factories are opened and thousands of people are employed, if the standard starts to grow and people have a nicer and better quality of life, if the pensions, salaries, subsidies, welfare payments increase, if the necessary infrastructure is built, if they get assistance for construction of houses, if many reforms are implemented and the country moves forward.