Macedonia opposition sets conditions for joining EU talks

The leader of Macedonia's biggest opposition party SDSM, Zoran Zaev (C) talks to the media in Skopje on January 16, 2016Macedonia’s opposition said Wednesday it would only join EU talks on resolving the country’s political crisis if the government revoked an amnesty for politicians embroiled in a wire-tapping scandal and postpone June 5 elections. President Gjorge “Ivanov has to withdraw the shameful decision on amnesty… (which is) contrary to the constitution,” Zoran Zaev, leader of the main opposition Social Democrats (SDSM), told reporters. “Otherwise, SDSM will not participate at the (Friday) meeting in Vienna,” he added.

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