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Friday, October 20, 2017, 

Macedonia deserves NATO accession, says Turkish FM

Macedonia deserves NATO accession, says Turkish FM

Skopje, 18 June 2017 (MIA) - Macedonia deserves more than any other candidate to join NATO. I consider the entire situation over the name issue as being artificial and brings injustice to Macedonia. We urge all members to cooperate with Macedonia, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at Sunday's joint press conference with host Nikola Dimitrov.

FM Cavusoglu said Ankara would support any solution acceptable to Macedonia and Greece, adding that Macedonia's decision is important in this aspect.

Minister Dimitrov said the situation in the name row is clear from a legal point of view.

"In this sense we have a clear situation. There is the 1995 Interim Treaty and a 2011 ruling by the Hague-based International Court of Justice, meaning that Macedonia should not have obstacles in receiving an invitation to join NATO under the interim reference. I will try to highlight and assure it is also in Greece's interest to do this. I will try to add as much political arguments to the legal arguments. This is very important for the country and the entire region. Macedonia's NATO membership will have a positive effect on the stabilization of our region", said Dimitrov.

Earlier in the day, FM Cavusoglu met with President Gjorge Ivanov and VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski and is expected to hold talks to Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. ik/16:50

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