Macedonia to Officially Launch NATO Accession Talks Thursday

acedonia’s NATO accession negotiations are set to officially begin on Thursday and Friday in Brussels, where members of the Committee for NATO integration and the Working Committee on Macedonia’s Integration with NATO will meet with Alliance representatives involved in the evaluation whether the country meets NATO’s criteria.

This session of talks in Brussels will open the last stage of Macedonia-NATO pre-accession relations following the country’s membership invitation extended at the Summit in Brussels in July, according to National NATO Coordinator Stevo Pendarovski. Pendarovski, together with Vice-Premier and Defence Minister Radmila Sekerinska and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, held a press conference on Tuesday to provide details regarding the NATO talks in the context of the parliamentary debate on the motion for revision of the Constitution as a result of the name dispute deal with Greece.