North Macedonia

Commission on missing persons to be formed in Macedonia

The Macedonian Security Council, meeting for the first time since the 15 September parliamentary elections, decided on 28 February to establish a joint parliamentary-governmental commission to investigate the fate of 18 people allegedly kidnapped during the 2001 conflict, RFE/RL's Macedonian broadcasters reported the same day (see "RFE/RL Balkan Report," 9 and 16 November 2001 and "RFE/RL Newsline," 19 June and 9 July 2002). However, hard-line Interior Minister Ljube Boskovski, who was mentioned as a possible commission member, refused to participate. Boskovski was protesting the fact that former rebel commander Gezim Ostreni, now a lawmaker for the ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration (BDI), was also nominated. "I cannot sit at the same table with the people who forced a war upon Macedonia," Boskovski told RFE/RL's Macedonian broadcasters on 3 March, adding: "The same day that [U.S. President George W.] Bush and [Iraqi President] Saddam Hussein sit at the same table, you will see Boskovski negotiate at this table." UB


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