Saturday, March 01, 2008

Latvia supports Macedonia's NATO bid

Latvia supports Macedonia's aspiration to join NATO, Foreign Minister Maris Riekstins said after meeting his Macedonian counterpart Antonio Milososki in Ohrid today.

On the basis of the accomplished internal reforms and participation in the peacekeeping missions abroad, Macedonia deserved to receive an invitation from the NATO Summit in Bucharest, said Riekstins. He also expressed hopes that Macedonia will start the negotiations for accession to EU in the course of this year.

As regards the official Athens' position that the resolving of the name dispute is a condition for membership in NATO, Milososki said that the leaders of the Macedonian political parties will convene for another meeting on Sunday to come up with the final position, Makfax's correspondent reported.

Commenting the Greek State Television's airing of footages of incidents in Belgrade while presenting them as violent events that took place in Skopje, Milososki said it was a clear case of misuse that can only undermine further the trust between the two countries.

"Despite these unconstructive steps, the Republic of Macedonia will continue with the constructive approach," Milososki said.

He also condemned revealing of the latest proposal for resolving of the name issue by the Greek media.

"Revealing the proposal of the mediator Matthew Nimetz in some of the Greek media, which most likely used a source of their Foreign Ministry, is an unfair move," Milososki said.

Skopje's daily Dnevnik also published today the document containing Nimetz's proposals.

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