Story by NLO Skopje
SKOPJE, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* - NATO Liaison Office Skopje participated in the opening of the annual defence and security committee’s meeting for South-eastern countries on June 25 to 26 with the Regional Arms Control Verification and Implementation Assistance Centre.
The team, led by Slovenian Navy Captain Gorazd Bartol, participated in the opening of the annual meeting hosted by the HN’s Parliamentary Committee for Defence and Security in cooperation with the RACVIAC.
"As a representative of NATO and a military officer, I am convinced that effective parliamentary oversight - as part of the civilian control over the armed forces is very important for efficient and stable democracy,” said Bartol. "I need to say that I am very proud to be here representing NATO in such an important, historical moment for the country. Political leadership has already expressed strong determination to move NATO and EU integration processes forward.”
Ms. Radmila Sekerinska, Minister of Defence, stated during the opening that the achieved agreements with Bulgaria and Greece are result of the new governmental policies that place a higher priority on the regional stability and peace and active work in the area of security cooperation.
The President of the Parliament of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Talat Xhaferi, talked about the bilateral agreements with Bulgaria and Greece as well. Xhaferi said the country not only managed to regulate the bilateral relations with Bulgaria and Greece but also unblocked its road towards the Euro-Atlantic integration and also contributes to the stability, peace and Euro-Atlantic perspective.
"The Western Balkans is less and less a barrel of gun powder and I think that all of us together give a clear European perspective,” said Xhaferi. "We have achieved this with a political will of the current political leaders and governments to solve these issues and antagonisms. The solution was reached through dialogue and open arguments on both sides. The Law on ratifying the Agreement with Greece passed in the Parliament. I expect all other state institutions including the President of the country will respect the Constitution and parliamentary democracy. Whether this Agreement will be implemented or not, at the end the citizens will decide at a referendum and we as responsible politicians will respect their wish.”
The Director of RACVIAC, Haydar Berk addressed the forum as well and the President of the Parliamentary Committee for Security and Defence in the HN, Hari Lokvenec opened the forum.
* Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.