The session, continuing without Macedonian representatives, passed resolutions to suggest that PDP withdraw its ministers from the government, to call the government to responsibility and to demand that Frchkovski be dismissed from his position. The assembly will continue to support the work of the university, demanding that Fadil Suleimani and all suspects be released.
The Liberal Union of Youth opposes the demonstration and has appealed to all students at the universities in Skopje and Bitola to ignore initiatives for public demonstrations against the university in Tetovo. The Union says this is the only way for students to remain dignified and to not get involved in street democracy. The Union called all young ethnic Albanians to draw the right conclusion from the incident in Mala Rechica and respect law and order as the only way for coexistence. The Union's statement ends with a condemnation of the desecration of Moslem graves in Kumanovo.
A1 Television cites the Yugoslav news agency Tanjug as saying Greece is very concerned with the ethnic tension in Macedonia, which may bring about great instability in the region. Despite its dispute with Macedonia, Greece does not want to see an ethnic conflict in Macedonia. The Greek government spokesman Evangelos Venizelos reportedly said, "Greece wants Skopje to exist as a stable state; Greece fears another source of instability in the Balkans, especially in its southern part."
Macedonian Radio yesterday said the comment by Albanian Radio reveals the truth of Albania's interest in the rights of Albanians in Macedonia and its real intentions in building friendly relations with Macedonia. This means Macedonian-Albanian relations will be good only if in interest of Albania and to the extent where Macedonia is ready to make concessions to ethnic Albanians in Macedonia. Tirana, in fact, wants a status of constitutive people for Albanians in Macedonia, to be followed by autonomy and new borders within Macedonia, all to make true the dream for a Greater Albania in the 21st century Europe. Tirana urges a belief in such dreams, playing the card of homogenization of all ethnic Albanians in the Balkan region. Whenever it fails to reach this goal, Tirana introduces a radicalization of relations with Macedonia, regardless of any tragic consequences, as already seen. No arguments can justify their open support for extreme action by the initiators of the university in Tetovo, and urging them to disrespect the laws of Macedonia. Closely resembling the old communist ways, the Albanian President Berisha's "democratic" administration manipulates the Albanian public and mobilizes students at the university in Tirana to organize demonstrations with slogans like "Tirana-Prishtina-Tetovo". The same was only recently stated by Albanian Prime Minister Mexi, who said all Albanians living in Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Greece should gather together under one roof, in on Albanian state. What does Berisha really mean when he says the peaceful coexistence of Albanians and Macedonians in Macedonia is a pre-condition for stability and prosperity of Macedonia? Was it aimed to gain applause from the international public, as dictated by Albanian patrons in western Europe and America, or was it really intended to assure Macedonia of Albania's good and friendly intentions? Mr. Starova also said his country has continually been helping Macedonia to endure under the Greek embargo, and has gained nothing in return. What is the price Macedonia has to pay to Albania?, asks Macedonian Radio yesterday.
Telegraf also published results of an opinion poll conducted in Serbia and Vojvodina. Asked whether Yugoslavia should recognize its former republics within internationally recognized borders, 43.3 per cent said Yugoslavia ought to recognize Macedonia, while 51.2 per cent were against it.
The planned dynamics for 1994 was completely finished. The Agency submitted its opinion on 100 cases to the Government Privatization Committee. Having received approval, the Agency began to organize the sale of companies.
Last January 16 the Agency announced a public sale of the largest tobacco companies, such as Makedonija Tabak of Skopje, and the three tobacco-manufacturing firms in Prilep, Skopje, and Kumanovo. The companies are offered to international bidders, with the obligation to purchase at least 51 per cent of the shares. The deadline for submitting offers by interested buyers is 15 March. All potential buyers are advised to contact the Agency's consultants (Barents Group LLC, KPMG Peat Marwick, Washington, D.C.) for detailed information.
On 15 February the Agency announced another public sale,
offering ten other large companies. Six of them (Teteks of
Tetovo, Skopski Lozar of Skopje, Zhito Makedonija of Skopje,
Sharpromet of Tetovo, Bilkapromet of Skopje, and Inteks of
Skopje) are offering their indivisible part . The remaining
four companies - Fershped of Skopje, Pivara of Skopje,
Angroteks of Shtip (in fact, a medium-sized company) and
Makedonija Turist of Skopje - will be management buyouts.
Potential buyers of companies selling their indivisible part
are to submit the following:
a) information on the portion of the indivisible part intended to be purchased; and
b) information on the amount offered.
Offers on purchasing companies according to the managerial model should include a program with the following elements:
a) introduction of the bidder;
b) development strategy with a projection on balance for the next five years;
c) planned investment;
d) planned reconstruction; and
e) planned employment.
Offers on companies selling their indivisible part are to be submitted to the Agency within 15 days, and offers on purchasing firms according to the managerial model must submitted within 30 days from the announcement. Results will be published 15 days following the deadlines. The Agency offers packages of information on companies for sale. The next announcement of public sale of new enterprises is expected at the beginning of March.
Meanwhile, the Agency is planning the transformation of
small and medium companies which have missed the deadline
for self-privatization. In compliance with the Privatization
Law, the Agency now has the legal authority for conducting
the transformation of those firms. The Agency will suggest
the following models:
- small companies will be advised to sell their indivisible part, while
- medium companies will have an alternative of either using the managerial model or issuing shares for an additional accumulation of capital.
Employees in these firms will also be offered shares amounting to 30 per cent of the companies' value, at lower prices (in accordance with privileges set by the law).