Macedonian president calls for action against wiretapping

- Macedonia's chief opposition figure accused Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski on Monday of wiretapping.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina (AA) - Macedonian President Ivanov Georgi urged politicians Wednesday to "work in the interests of the country" with regards to the "espionage" and "illegal wiretapping" allegations that arose after Macedonia's chief opposition figure accused Monday Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski of wiretapping.

In a written statement from the presidency, Georgi emphasized that he supports the relevant institutions to reveal the alleged unconstitutional actions in a fast and transparent manner.

"I call on politicians to work in the interest of the country and citizens. As a democratic country, we must be patient in the face of problems," said the statement.

Macedonian Social Democratic Union leader Zoran Zaev claimed Monday that three intelligence employees illegally wiretapped some 20,000 people including politicians, businessmen, journalists and judges.

Zaev blamed Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and Director of the Administration for Security and Counterintelligence Saso Mijalkov for the alleged wiretapping.

He said that with the exception of Nikola Gruevski and Mijalkov, everyone has been eavesdropped.

"Gruevski and several people around him are behind this operation. The material we have shows that illegal wiretapping was under direct orders from Saso Mijalkov. This kind of mass wiretapping can be done only by a domestic service," he said.

Police charged Zoran Zaev and four other people for allegedly conspiring with a foreign intelligence serve to topple the government on Jan. 31.

Prime Minister Gruevski has strongly rejected allegations, saying "threats and blackmail will not be accepted."

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