Gruevski: Macedonian people decide over its future

The people will show who they support and trust at the April 24 elections. No foreigner or anyone with a magic wand will solve our problems, said Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski in Friday's address on occasion of October 23-Revolutionary Struggle Day.

Gruevski said the day was a reminder that the Macedonian people decided over its future. He stressed that Macedonia has faced a serious political crisis over the past year, threatening to put on hold all economic and Euro-Atlantic efforts.

"This is a bigger battle than it seems. This is a battle for Macedonia. This is a good day to highlight this. This is a battle much bigger than the daily adventures of the opposition, which is consciously putting itself in the role of a tool", he said.

According to the PM, the battle would be solved at the April 24 elections.

"The people will say who they support and trust. No foreigner or anyone with a magic wand will solve our problems. We will. Together with the people. This is our country. This is our homeland. This the Republic of Macedonia and we must persevere and respond fiercely to all challenges we are faced. That is my message on this day", said Gruevski.

He said the June/July agreement must be fully respected, as it is written and agreed, without any enlargements and interpretations depending on the parties' interests.

"This agreement is clearly written and should be respected. This accord cannot serve as a starting point for new negotiations. Every politician should assist its realization in a responsible and committed way", said Gruevski.

He added the agreement's only goal was to organize elections at which the people would decide in fair and democratic conditions.

"The elections are the final outcome of this agreement, which includes other provisions that represent a roadmap to the ultimate goal", emphasized Gruevski.

According to him, the ministers and the deputy-ministers to be appointed in line with the agreement should ensure balance of institutions, the same as the special public prosecutor, whose work would be fully respected.

PM Gruevski said October 23 celebrated the 122. anniversary from the establishment of the VMRO, the organization the changed the course of Macedonian history and woke up the people's spirit of freedom.

"Today, everyone who loves Macedonia as his/her own country, a country built on the back of its ancestors, a country built for future generations, should all stand tall", he said.

The PM emphasized the people now live in freedom and democracy, in an era of globalization, a time when everyone speak their own language and practice their beliefs.

"This day is not one of VMRO-DPMNE, SDSM, DUI, DPA or any other party or ethnic community in Macedonia. This day is a symbol of many generations who more than 100 years ago fought for freedom and human justice. A voice also heard during World War II and Macedonia's independence", said Gruevski.

On behalf of all citizens, he urged for a seventh consecutive recommendation and a date for the start of EU accession negotiations.

"On behalf of Macedonians, Albanians, Turks, Roma, Serbs, Vlachs, Bosniaks, Christians, Muslims, Jews and atheists, all political parties, men and women, workers, farmers, pensioners, students, pupils, teachers, doctors, businessmen, all citizens in Macedonia, I urge for such a decision by the European Union. This is civilized, moral, rational, justified", emphasized Gruevski.

According to him, Europe cannot move forward if one part is not.

"We have gone through a lot, we have deserved not only the recommendation, but to start the EU accession negotiations and join NATO", underlined Gruevski.

On 23 October 1893, Dame Gruev, Hristo Tatarcev, Petar Pop Arsov, Anton Dimitrov and Hristo Botandziev convened at the house of Ivan Hadzi Nikolov in Thessaloniki to found the Macedonian Revolutionary Committee, which later on became the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation (VMRO) or Internal Macedonian Odrin Revolutionary Organisation (VMORO).

VMRO's establishment marked the start of an organised struggle by the Macedonian people and other nationalities for the establishment of an independent country.

The day symbolises the continuity of the Macedonian struggle for independence, which resulted in establishing a modern, sovereign Macedonian state.