Sunday, October 22, 2006

Blair says UK strong supporter of Macedonia's EU and NATO bids

"Great Britain supports strongly the inclusion of Macedonia in European Union and NATO, as soon as your country is ready", British PM Tony Blair said in his congratulating letter sent to the Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski, upon his election to the post.

"We were happy with the fact that Macedonia acquired a candidacy status during our presidency over the Union, and we value highly participation of the Macedonian soldiers in operations of the NATO-led allied forces in Afghanistan, who are serving under British command", Blair said.

Furthermore, Blair said that Macedonia has yet to consolidate its progress toward a multi-ethnic democracy in line with the Ohrid Framework Agreement and is looking at lot of work in terms of meeting the conditions for integration in Europe.

"I ensure you and your team that we will continue providing practical and political support as you push ahead with important work of reforms implementation", says Blair's letter sent to Macedonian PM Gruevski.

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