Monday, April 07, 2008

Consultations after veto in Bucharest

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski today will hold separate meetings with DPA leader Menduh Thaci, DUI leader Ali Ahmeti and SDSM leader Radmila Sekerinska.

PM Gruevski will brief the leaders of the three parties about the participation of Macedonian delegation in NATO summit in Bucharest and the Adriatic Group (A3) meeting in Zagreb.

Political leaders will exchange views on further course of activities following Greek veto on Macedonia's admission to NATO.

Today's meeting of political leaders marks the start of consultations among the country's top officials to draw up a common strategy after Greece blocked Macedonia's NATO entry because of the name. Greece also threatens to block Macedonia's EU bid unless the name issue has been resolved.

Macedonia will not quit NATO membership bid and it will continue with reforms. Macedonia will build a strategy on resolution of name differences, said President Branko Crvenkovski and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski after the meeting with US President George Bush in Zagreb.

During the visit to Zagreb, President Bush pledged support to Macedonia's NATO entry as soon as possible.

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