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Gruevski and Zaev's tours put talks for resolving crisis on hold.

Talks between VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM for overcoming the parliamentary crisis have been put on hold as all attempts to do something about it have come down to appeals from governing MPs to their opposition colleagues to stop the boycott, Utrinski vesnik reports.

Although both parties say they are willing to resume talks, neither has shown any signs of stepping back as far as the most delicate issue--the formation of a caretaker government--is concerned.

SDSM leader Zoran Zaev is visiting SDSM's municipal organizations these days explaining the concept of a caretaker government, which, according to them, should organize the next elections irrespective of their timing and scope. Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, on the other hand, is touring the Far East, while information coming from VMRO-DPMNE in his absence is that the demand of a caretaker government is irrational and will not be tabled at all.

Despite these seemingly irreconcilable positions, both parties are willing to hold another meeting that would result with the formation of working groups to discuss open issues. There is no information as yet though about the format of the next meeting or at whose initiative it would be held. The international pressure is said have loosened up a little and is expected to become stronger in the second half of the summer.

MP Liljana Zaturoska from VMRO-DPMNE said in Parliament Wednesday that by leaving the third Deputy Parliament Speaker's office vacant the Parliament shows it is taking care of the just representation of political parties so this institution could be effective and constructive in passing decisions.

"I honestly believe that this office will soon be filled, that reason will prevail in SDSM and that they will stand on the side of democracy using the democratic tools right here, in our house of democracy," she said.

On the other hand, Amdi Bajram from the Roma Alliance said that because of SDSM's absence, either Roza Topuzova-Karevska or a Member of Parliament from PDSH should be assigned as the opposition deputy parliament speaker.

The resignations of the MPs from the coalition led by SDSM are still kept "in a drawer", which is a sign that there is still room for renewing dialogue. VMRO-DPMNE officials, however, say that this situation cannot be prolonged indefinitely.

Ljubica Buralieva from SDSM said Wednesday she withdrew her resignation from Parliament that she submitted a month ago.

"It is up to the party now to decide whether they would exclude me from their ranks. I am a long-standing member of SDSM but without any baggage whatsoever that would keep me from thinking with my own head," she told Dnevnik.

The start of the parliamentary debate over the government proposal of modifying the Constitution has been set for the middle of July. The Social Democrats refrain from making any specific comments for the time being over the government's intention of amending the Constitution amidst their boycott of Parliament.

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