It lasted, however, only up to 17 July, 1992, when the association was erased from the register of political organisations. Starting from October 16, the same year, the Turks were organised into a Democratic Party of Turks in Macedonia (DPT). The explanation for this step was "no concern for interests and problems of Turks in govt institutions and bodies, numerous unfulfilled promises..." Erdogan Sarac, previous unknown shoes dealer, became the new leader of the political, this time party organisation of Turks. Following the foundation of the party and the election of new president, the forgotten trend again started being consistently followed. The ambition of becoming a sole political representative of the interests of a minority, was the main goal of the party ever since its appearance.
Soon afterwards, DPT undertook an active political promotion, mainly by pointing out educational problems in Zupa, near Debar. In the search for a current formula for presenting a minority as endangered, DPT announced bitter protest of the entire membership at the press-conference on April 8, last year, on grounds of "pressure on Turks in Macedonia in a most cruel shape, including even threats of destruction." Yet another ethnic group in Macedonia proclaimed itself as being discriminated, this time even facing destruction. At the same press-conference, the party called on to all Turks in Macedonia to move out and immigrate to Turkey, unless certain conditions were fulfilled ("appointment of ministers Turks in govt, by 23 April, 1993, at the latest"). "It was more of a warning to all Turks in Macedonia against some serious events in Macedonia with possible heavy consequences," Erdogan Sarac tried to explain later on. In support of this, DPT stated several communal problems, as proofs of the "genocide over Turks in Macedonia". Separate cases were pointed out by the party as a process not accidentally directed against the Turks. "We tried to awaken the conscience of Turks in Macedonia of their really being endangered and in a very unfavourable position," the DPT president again explains. The party activities at that time by no accident focused on problems in the education of Turks in Zupa, where the children's constitutional right to an elementary education was again used for political purposes and manipulations. The mixture of religious and national affiliation was, and still is, quite a good basis for such manipulation.
All of this occurred parallel with loud party announcement of support for Macedonia's statehood, an appeal to all Turks to participate in the referendum for an independent Macedonia, support for the adopted Constitution, the process of international recognition of Macedonia, without no preconditions and bargaining. Along with this, the party continually underlined its role in resolving the Turkish minority problems through a dialogue within the system's institutions and in accordance with the traditional Turkish tolerance, not always expressed, at least as far as the Zupa case was concerned.
DPT simply joined the widespread trend of presenting an ethnic group in Macedonia as endangered, discriminated and oppressed, which defined this party's leader as a leader of another strictly nationally-oriented party. Asked by the Turkish paper "Tyrkie" reporter to comment on a statement in the Macedonian media on the "pigeons turning into falcons", Sarac answered: "Even our grandfathers were eagles" (8 September, 1993). And, naturally, the expected happened - a crisis in the party, mostly as a result of a not successful formula for political behaviour.
Thus, towards the end of last year, the Macedonian public witnessed another inner party differentiation in a nationally- oriented political organisation. This time, at least according to the party members themselves, the offensive came from the so-called "mild stream" in the party, opposed to all previous DPT principles. The newly born opposition within the party accused the leadership of having led wrong politics, inability to face and solve problems adequately.
At the last party assembly's session, according to the interpretation by Erdogen Sarac (the session allowed no reporters), the party succeeded to preserve the membership unity, the previous work of the leadership was approved of, while those causing the dispute faced party punishment measures.
Anyhow, the trend of acting as political representatives of an ethnic group continues to be present in the party's policies. The leadership claims future party activities will be engagement in adoption of essential laws and bringing a declaration on problems in the education of Turks in Macedonia. The outcome is to come!