Report #58 available
The signing of the Framework Agreement in Ohrid on 13 August 2001 by representatives of Macedonia’s four largest political parties (two ethnic Macedonian and two ethnic Albanian) presented Macedonia as well as the international community with a unique opportunity to put an end to an ethnic conflict that threatened to destroy the country. In the subsequent years the government coalitions have remained fractioned, and almost no concrete actions had been undertaken to demonstrate to the population that improved ethnic relations and the provisions outlined in the Framework Agreement are the key to a stable political environment and economic prosperity. Given the lack of progress, ECMI identified the need for a project to bring people together to engage in dialogue on concrete policy matters. The hypothesis was that members of different communities have more shared interests and concerns than they realize – and that focusing on these commonalities is a way to not only improve relations, but also to formulate better policy.