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Macedonian parliamentary parties held 'constructive' meetings with NATO's Stoltenberg

Macedonian parliamentary parties held

Skopje, 18 January 2018 (MIA) - Officials of the parties from the ruling coalition DUI and SDSM and the opposition party VMRO-DPMNE called the meetings with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg 'constructive and substantial.' He told them that NATO's doors are open if a solution to the name issue is found emphasizing that Macedonia is the one that should reach decisions on its own.

DUI leader Ali Ahmeti after the meeting said they discussed vital issues of great importance for the region and for Macedonia as well, including the country's membership to NATO, seen as a factor of stability not only in the country but also beyond.

Macedonia should find a solution to the name row with Greece, Stoltenberg told Ahmeti adding that it was up to the two countries how they would come up with a solution.

Ahmeti told Stoltenberg that he was grateful to NATO for 'having played a historic role in rescuing Macedonia 13 years ago during the war conflict.'

For SDSM MP Tomislav Tuntev, Stoltenberg's meetings, address and messages conveyed in Skopje were considered a signal that Macedonia was on the right track by recognizing and commending the reform processes.

It serves as a motivation to work on future reforms and to focus on improving good neighborly ties and regional cooperation, according to him.

The opposition, Tuntev noted, should take note of the NATO head's message that ongoing processes require the engagement of the opposition to support reforms that pave the way toward Euro-Atlantic integration.

A VMRO-DPMNE delegation, led by its president Hristijan Mickoski, also held a 'constructive and fruitful' meeting in Parliament with NATO chief Stoltenberg.

VMRO-DPMNE MP Vlatko Gjorcev also said that Stoltenberg had showed interest over a resolution to the name dispute, being a precondition to become a member of NATO. Despite expressing hope that a solution will be found and that NATO's doors are open for Macedonia, Gjorcev added, Stoltenberg noted that decisions involving a name settlement should be reached by Macedonia alone.

The opposition party informed the NATO head that VMRO-DPMNE remained committed to Macedonia's strategic goal for NATO membership and reminded him that the party had been the first party publicly advocating Macedonia's accession to NATO.

The party also informed him about the political situation in the country, namely about 'the day-to-day repression of the opposition and the arrest of MPs, artists, parliamentary staff, etc.' ba/18:12

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