NATO Chief Tells Macedonia ‘We Want You To Succeed’

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Visiting Skopje on Thursday the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and praised his country’s efforts and progress towards long-term political stability.

“NATO will continue to support your country’s efforts,” he said. The Secretary General also thanked the Prime Minister for his country’s continuing contributions to NATO’s training mission in Afghanistan, a clear sign of commitment to international security.

Stoltenberg commended the efforts being made to find a solution to the name issue. “Agreement on this issue is crucial for your country to join NATO. The reforms you are working on are also important: good governance; strengthening the rule of law; building an open, multi-ethnic society; and good neighbourly relationships,” he added.

The Secretary General stressed that reform is not easy, but it can be done. He urged all parties to work constructively.

“I encourage you to continue on the path of reform. We want you to succeed,” he said.

Stoltenberg also met with President Gjorge Ivanov, with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov , Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Radmila Šekerinska, with the President of the Parliament Talat Xhaferi , and with other high level officials. Addressing the parliament in Skopje earlier in the day, Mr. Stoltenberg said that Allies have been impressed by the country’s determination to join the Alliance.

The Secretary General highlighted that Allies are bound together not just by common interests but by common values, and countries wishing to join the Alliance must demonstrate that they share those values.

“That means sticking to the path of reform. I commend you for the efforts you have already made,” he said.

In Skopje Mr. Stoltenberg also met with the leader of the main opposition party VMRO-DPMNE Hristijan Mickoski and with the Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva.

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  • February 21, 2018 at 11:39 am
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    It all started with the uneducated goat herder writing poetry about his village. Georgi Pulevski claimed that he was a direct decendent of Alexander the Great. I tend to think he was a decendent of Alexander the Goat. Like Ljubčo Georgievski he had an about face and claimed to be Bulgarian. In fact he stated he regretted not being able to execute the unification of Bulgaria and Ottoman Macedonia. Antiquization was replaced by a pan Slavic united Bulgaria. Georgi Pulevski went from being a goat herder to a stonemason to a founder of Macedonism to a Bulgaphile upon his death. Goergievski and Pulevski are similar in this regard. They both renounced their new found religion and came to their senses. With the death of the uneducated stonemason the Bulgarians of Vardar Macedonia were cured until the unimaginable happened – TITO. A half caste Croat/Slovene redefines the Bulgarians of Vardar Banovina as Macedonians. The Diaspora left their little villages with a suitcase and a story. Tito’s story. Just when it couldn’t get any worse Todov and his deluded intellectuals addicted to Pulevski poetry brainwash their population. FYROM is born. Gruevski is the second coming of Pulevski.
    The ethnic Bulgarian will always be the ethnic Bulgarian. The ethnic Greek will always be an ethnic Greek. Language defines both of us. The Antiquization story is flawed. This why FYROM today has failed. Let’s not nation build on an uneducated stonemason. Read his work as a literary piece rather than a historical piece. Be proud of your Bulgarian ethnicity and don’t allow historical distortions. You are what you speak and the FYROMIAN Slavs speak Bulgarian.

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