Great Britain and Hungary strongly support Macedonia’s EU and NATO entry

Great Britain and Hungary want Macedonia to join EU and NATO, support setting a date for accession talks with EU and hope Macedonia to find an acceptable name solution, British Foreign Minister David Miliband and Hungarian President László Sólyom said in their letters send to Macedonia President Gjorgje Ivanov.

“I ensure you in Great Britain’s strong support for Macedonia as a future EU member. EU Council haven’t set a date for accession talks with EU in December, but said to discuss Macedonia issue during the first half of 2010. It’s a positive thing that EU Foreign Ministers will address this issue in the near future”, Miliband said in the letter.

Miliband hopes Macedonia will continue implementing the reforms with the same capacity as last year and set a good example for the region.

Hungarian President Sólyom said that Hungary appreciates Macedonia’s efforts to meet EU criteria.

“Allow me to ensure you of Hungary’s position and my personal commitment for support of Macedonia’s EU integration. I sincerely hope that the progress made in the name dispute between Skopje and Athens will motivate EU to bring a positive decision for accession talks with EU”, Hungarian President said in the letter.

The two letters came as a response to Macedonian President Gjorje Ivanov written address to Elizabeth the second and Hungarian President on November 17 last year.

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