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President Gjorge Ivanov says institutional regulations and procedures were not followed, pertaining to the latest event in Slupcane, when Defense Minister Fatmir Besimi and Macedonian Army (ARM) members laid flowers at a monument of fallen NLA fighters.
The President urges all institutions to refrain from misusing the army for political or party objectives, the President’s Cabinet said in a press release.
Ivanov has asked the competent institutions to review the case and determine the possible abuse of official duty.
“Uniformed individuals accompanying the defense minister are not in the ARM’s formation structure, but members of the minister’s cabinet”, reads the press release.
Earlier, Defense Minister Fatmir Besimi referred to the event, saying trust building is based on mutual respect.
“I sincerely regret that the act has not been perceived as one of reconciliation in the spirit of the Ohrid Framework Agreement, which is an integral part of the Constitution”, said Besimi after Wednesday’s informal meeting with former defense ministers and army chiefs of staff.
Asked if there had been any coordination with the President, who is also the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces, over the Slupcane event, Minister Besimi referred to the Constitution.
“The institution President gives its consent with its signature of the Ohrid Accord, which is an integral part of the Constitution”, added Besimi.
With regards to relations between the ministry and the ARM General Staff, taking into account that the Chief of Staff disassociated from his actions, Besimi said the Law on Defense clearly defined the relations of the Defense Ministry, the General Staff and the President.
“I stand in front of you as defense minister of all citizens – Macedonians, Albanians, Turks, Vlachs, Serbs, Roma etc. I am convinced that majority of people support the efforts towards building coexistence and mutual respect, which guarantee the country’s future”, underlined Minister Besimi.