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Ethnic Albanian party rejoins coalition government

Ethnic Albanian party rejoins coalition government

An ethnic Albanian party said Sunday it was rejoining Macedonia's embattled government, ending a ten-day crisis that had thrown the country's bid to join NATO into turmoil.
The Democratic Party of Albanians, or DPA, had left the ruling coalition over the conservative government's failure to recognize neighboring Kosovo _ leaving the government without a majority in Parliament.
The crisis came at a sensitive time for the former Yugoslav republic which hopes to be invited to join NATO at the organization's April 2-4 summit.
"DPA decided to rejoin the government coalition. Both parties agreed join teams to prepare laws allowing greater use of the Albanian language and flag and providing benefits for victims of the 2001 insurgency", Veton Ibraimi, the government spokesman said.
There was no immediate comment on whether the recognition of Kosovo, one of the most important of DPA's demands, was agreed.
Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's coalition is also engaged in crucial negotiations with Greece, a NATO member that objects to its northern neighbor having the same name as the northern Greek province of Macedonia.
Greece says it will bar Macedonia from joining NATO unless the dispute is resolved.
U.N. envoy Matthew Nimetz has invited Greek and Macedonian negotiators to New York for talks on Monday about the dispute, which has rumbled on for more than 15 years.


Updated : 2021-10-19 11:51 GMT+08:00