Thursday, October 11, 2007

Doubts over Macedonia NATO membership invitation in 2008

Skopje. There is some possibility that Macedonia does not receive invitation for NATO membership at the Summit in Bucharest in 2008, high standing diplomatic sources have told the Macedonian A1 TV channel.
This turn in the recent optimism could be explained with the still unsolved issue about Kosovo status. There are also worries that the crisis could easily go to Macedonia and Albania as well, and this is instability that NATO could not afford in member states. That is why there is a variant for the next Summit to apply the formula 1+2, i.e. Croatia to receive invitation, while space for maneuvers to be left for Macedonia and Albania and their invitation to be sent after Kosovo issue is solved.
The diplomatic sources have told A1 that security is of high importance in the variant in which Macedonia is left in the waiting room, though it enjoys the open support of both Washington and Brussels.

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