SKOPJE, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* - the NATO Liaison Office Skopje (NLOSk) participated in the bilateral consultations that took place between the host nation and the NATO Planning and Review Process (PARP) team, at the Skopje-based Goce Delcev barracks, Feb. 16-18, 2016.
The PARP visiting team consisted of the Director of NATO Defense and Planning, Paul Savereux, his assistant, Gordon Drake, four representatives from the Allied Supreme Command Europe (SHAPE) in Mons/Belgium, the International and International Military Staff from NATO's Headquarters in Brussels/Belgium, and Allied Joint Force Command Naples from Italy.
The NATO Advisory Team, led by the Chief NLOSk, Bulgarian Navy Captain Rumen Radev, contributed to all discussions about the host nation progress on the 2014 Partnership Goals, and the drafting of the goal package for 2016, starting with an initial extensive in-briefing of Drake, Feb. 16.
The Feb. 17 bilateral consultations were led by the State Secretary at the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Elizabeta Cupovska – Ristova, with the participation of representatives from the General Staff, the MoD and other relevant institutions. All Partnership Goals from the 2014 package were assessed, and the results were noted with reported progress, to be included in the upcoming PARP report, and reflected on the selection and description of the 2016 package.
The PARP delegation debriefed the Minister of Defence, Zoran
Jolevski, about the results of the consultations. The sustainment and promotion of interoperability with Allied forces, and also the process of the transformation of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's Army, were greeted as good progress by the NATO representatives.
Subsequently, a debrief was held for the NATO Ambassadors and Defense Attaches in the country, concerning the content and results of the consultations, which were hosted by the Turkish Embassy in its role as the official NATO Contact Point Embassy.
Story and photos by NLOSk Public Affairs
*Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name