NATO announced the start of official talks, which will continue for two days in Brussels, for the accession of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to NATO, where it will be agreed on the military and legal aspects.[/ltr]
[ltr]"The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia took an important step on its accession path to NATO on Thursday, 18 October 2018, with the start of the two-day formal accession talks," said a press release on Thursday. NATO headquarters in Brussels ".
"The formal accession talks address the detailed aspects of membership, including political, military and legal issues," the statement said.
According to the statement, the talks will be chaired by Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, Alejandro Alvarez Gonzalez, who met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Radmila Cherinka Jankowska and the delegation from Skopje at NATO headquarters.
On June 17, the Greek government signed an agreement with the Republic of Macedonia.
This agreement is a solution to the many years of dispute over the name of the Republic of Macedonia.
Under the agreement, the Republic of Macedonia is called "Northern Macedonia".
However, this has raised criticism both in Greece and in Macedonia itself.
A referendum was held in Macedonia on accession to the European Union and NATO after the signing of the agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the Greek Republic.
According to the results of this referendum, announced by the State Committee for Elections, the number of participants in this referendum slightly more than 650 thousand people. This is equivalent to only 36.91 per cent of the total number of voters. The number of participants who expressed support for joining the European Union and NATO 90 per cent of those who participated in the referendum.
The process of Macedonia's accession began in July, after an invitation from the allies at the Brussels summit of Macedonia to join NATO. At the last meeting of NATO defense ministers, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that once all the constitutional amendments to the new name were finalized, both parties would be able to sign the accession protocol.
The country worked closely with NATO and joined the Partnership for Peace program in 1995. For many years, Macedonia has provided valuable support for NATO-led operations and missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo. [/ltr]