Macedonian Ministers: We hold intensive name talks

Macedonia’s Minister of Defense Zoran Konjanovski and Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki pointed out that Macedonia holds intensive name talks with Greece.

They made the remarks at the meeting with NATO Secretary General Andres Fogh Rasmussen in Brussels.

The two ministers expressed hope for greater flexibility and pragmatics from Athens in order to overcome name issue, which will enable Macedonia to join NATO.

Konjanovski and Milososki referred to the reforms, which our country have implemented in the army, judiciary and administration.

According to its capacity and resources Republic of Macedonia is obviously among the strongest contributors to NATO missions, particularly ISAF mission where according to the number of soldiers we are ranked 5, Foreign Minister Milososki said.

Minister Konjanovski said that during the meetings it was pointed out that Macedonia’s has done its homework regarding the fulfillment of criteria for NATO membership, but it was said that name issue remains as a condition for joining NATO.

Once more it was pointed out that Macedonia has progressed in the past few years. We were also encouraged to keep up the good work, Minister Konjanovski said.

The two ministers attended the meeting of the North-Atlantic Council NAC, which will discuss Macedonia’s progress report in the framework of the 11-th cycle of the Action Plan for NATO membership.

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