Friday, June 22, 2007

Germany, Netherlands, Poland hail Macedonia's NATO bid

Macedonia enjoys a full support from Germany, Netherlands and Poland in its efforts for NATO membership, Macedonian Defense Ministry said on Friday.

The same source said the support was spelled out Thursday on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) in Brussels, attended by Macedonian Defense Minister Lazar Elenovski.

"As regards the meetings in Brussels, Macedonia attaches importance to so far the most transparent support voiced by German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung, who strongly supported NATO membership for Macedonia, Croatia and Albania," Macedonian Defense Ministry said in a statement released on Friday.

Defense Minister Elenovski today continues the two-day visit to NATO Headquarters in Brussels.

Minister Elenovski is scheduled to meet with British Defense Secretary Den Brown and French Ambassador to NATO Richard Duke in a fresh bid to lobby and muster support for invitation to NATO membership.

A strong support to NATO membership of Macedonia, Albania and Croatia was expressed last weekend by the US President George Bush, during his visit to Tirana.

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