NATO members and the international community were horrified by the violence in Parliament this April and we welcome the progress that has been made ever since, said NATO Deputy Secretary General, Rose Gottemoeller, at a joint press conference with defense ministers and foreign ministers of Macedonia, Radmila Šekerinska and Nikola Dimitrov, who are visiting NATO headquarters in Brussels.

She reminded the message from the Secretary General of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, after meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in June this year, that it is now important for all parties to overcome their differences and work constructively “to implement the necessary reforms, by strengthening good governance and rule of law in a multi-ethnic society.”

“This challenging reform agenda takes time and effort, but the country will benefit from the reforms and towards the achievement of Euro-Atlantic goals”, said Stoltenberg’s deputy.

Gottemoeller pointed out that the fact that Montenegro became the 29th member of NATO, shows that NATO’s doors are open and that the Alliance continues to support Macedonia on its path to NATO membership.

Defense and Foreign Ministers, Šekerinska and Dimitrov, today at NATO Headquarters, are participating in the North Atlantic Council meeting with the Republic of Macedonia.