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Thursday, April 19, 2018, 

Hungary's FM: Macedonia should start EU, NATO accession talks as soon as possible


Budapest, 11 October 2017 (MIA) - Hungary wants the European Union and NATO to speed up the integration processes of Western Balkan countries, the country's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said Wednesday.

"We want a date to be set for launching of negotiations with Macedonia and Albania in the first quarter of 2018 at the latest," Szijjarto stated at ministerial meeting of the Visegrad Group (V4) and the Western Balkans in Budapest.

NATO, he added, at a ministerial meeting in December should make a decision to start membership negotiations with Macedonia.

Acceleration of the accession process is a guarantee for security, Szijjarto said at a news conference with his counterparts from Central and Eastern Europe and Western Balkan countries.

"An unstable and tension-riddled Western Balkans is a serious risk to all of Europe," he noted.

At the forum in Budapest, Macedonia's Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said his country 'will do everything to convince each and every member, including the European Commission, that Macedonia in June next year deserves to enter the next stage of the EU integration process and to start negotiations with the EU.' ba/17:37


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