SKOPJE, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* - The Minister of Defence, Radmila Shekerinska, and the Chief NATO Liaison Office, Slovenian Navy Captain Bartol, honored the Independence Day of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Sep 8, 2017.
The ceremony took place among the local population at Busheva Mountain near the town of Krushevo.
Both the Defence Minister and the chief NLO Skopje were accompanied by the ambassadors of EU, Samuel Zhbogar, United Kingdom, Charles Garreth, defence attaches, members of the Defence ministry and NATO Liaison Skopje, as well as members of the mountain hiking association "Risto Karpush”, participated in the festivity "Together to the top” celebrating the September 8 event.
In her speech on top of mountain, the Minister said: "Please allow me to express my best wishes to all citizens and wish prosperity and stability in the next 26 years. We have passed through good and bad moments in the last 26 years and have shown that having a common goal, by being persistent, it can be reached. Today, we need unity regarding our common goal – membership in NATO and EU”.
She added that the aim of this year’s September 8 celebration was different from the previous ones- to conduct it at this special location together with the citizens from Krushevo and the region and all the official representatives from the various entities.
"The hike was not easy, but together, without giving up, we reached the goal. We want this unity and persistence to be used for the country to proceed forward. I would like to thank the senior NATO officer in the country, Captain (N) Bartol and his team. We will be a partner on which they can lean. Together we are stronger”, Minister Shekerinska stressed out.
While honoring the Independence Day, Captain (N) Bartol expressed his belief that all 29 NATO member nations support the country in becoming the 30th member nation in NATO. He emphasized that the NATO office stands ready to assist in any way it can.
According to the country’s authorities, the September 8 event symbolizes the endeavor of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* towards full-fledged membership in the North Atlantic Alliance and the connection with the partner nations.
Story by NATO Advisory Team
*Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.