Thursday, July 20, 2006

NATO calls for end of electoral violence in Macedonia

NATO called for putting an end to the electoral violence in Macedonia, because it won't help the country to join the Alliance.

NATO spokesman James Appathurai said that no suspending of negotiations in compliance with Membership Action Plan will take place, noting however that "one of the Alliance's requirements is holding fair, upright and violence-free elections".

"The violence occurring over the last couple of days is harmful for the electoral process and besmirches the international image of Macedonia. It does not help the country's efforts for approximation to NATO", Appathurai said.

"All sides should work towards putting an end to the violence", Alliance's spokesman said.

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