Event Title

The political and juridical status of Albanians in Macedonia after the Agreement of Prespa

Session

Political Science

Description

After the independence of the Macedonian state in 1991, the Albanians lost the status of the nationality guaranteed with the Yugoslav constitution of 1974 and they became a minority. In the nowadays constellations, especially with the Agreement between Macedonia and Greece about the name issue, Albanians, as a result of the daily politics and not having a strategy for protecting their national rights, risk to lose the national identity which was protected with fanaticism during the centuries. The Agreement of Prespa which was signed in July this year between Macedonia and Greece under international mediation, should change the name of the state into Republic of Northern Macedonia and the ethnic Macedonians will protect their identity. But, it is unknown how this agreement will treat Albanians and others. The aim of this work is to analyze the debates on the status of the autochthon Albanians in Macedonia, as well as social and political strategies concerning expected constitutional changes.

Keywords:

Prespa agreement, name issue, constitutional changes, Albanians in Macedonia

Session Chair

Islam Lauka

Session Co-Chair

Belul Beqaj & Alfred Marleku

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-437-69-1

Location

Pristina, Kosovo

Start Date

27-10-2018 5:00 PM

End Date

27-10-2018 6:30 PM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2018.409

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The political and juridical status of Albanians in Macedonia after the Agreement of Prespa

Pristina, Kosovo

After the independence of the Macedonian state in 1991, the Albanians lost the status of the nationality guaranteed with the Yugoslav constitution of 1974 and they became a minority. In the nowadays constellations, especially with the Agreement between Macedonia and Greece about the name issue, Albanians, as a result of the daily politics and not having a strategy for protecting their national rights, risk to lose the national identity which was protected with fanaticism during the centuries. The Agreement of Prespa which was signed in July this year between Macedonia and Greece under international mediation, should change the name of the state into Republic of Northern Macedonia and the ethnic Macedonians will protect their identity. But, it is unknown how this agreement will treat Albanians and others. The aim of this work is to analyze the debates on the status of the autochthon Albanians in Macedonia, as well as social and political strategies concerning expected constitutional changes.