Tomorrow, we are waiting for an official announcement from NATO headquarters in Brussels, that Macedonia will be granted an official invitation at the next Alliance Summit in Brussels on July 11 and 12, said National Coordinator for NATO Stevo Pendarovski at the 98th ROS-ROT Seminar held in the Macedonian Parliament.
“Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will announce what Macedonian citizens have been waiting for, for years. It will be the final stage of our association with the Alliance, keeping in mind that the Republic of Macedonia has an infamous record with 19 rounds of the NATO membership action plan”, said Pendarovski.
In the meantime, he said, Macedonia has shown envious levels of resistance and perseverance, considering that the country came very close to the edge twice.
“The first time was in 2001, when we experienced an internal conflict, and then just four years later in 2005 we received EU candidate status. The second time we returned close to the edge was last year after 11 years of a hard autocratic regime, and in just one year we received an invitation to join the Alliance. Now, one year after the attack on Parliament, we are discussing Macedonia becoming a member of the Alliance and a date for negotiations with the EU for June next year”, said Pendarovski.
He added that in the past year, Macedonia dealt with three major strategic issues – the first was the signing of the Treaty of good neighborly relations with Bulgaria, which, according to him, was a stumbling block in regards to getting closer to the EU. On the domestic front, the Law on Languages has been adopted – a pillar element of the Framework Agreement, and last of all was the signing of the Agreement with Greece for resolving the name dispute.