SKOPJE, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - The NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s 98th Rose-Roth Seminar started in Skopje on Wednesday, 27 June 2018. The three-day event is dedicated to "Euro-Atlantic Integration of the Western Balkans: Reinforcing the European Peace Project”. A Team from the NATO Liaison Office Skopje participated in the event.
The President of the Parliament of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Talat Xhaferi said he was convinced the name agreement between Skopje and Athens would be fully implemented by the two sides by the end of 2018 at the latest and that his country would become the 30th NATO member in December 2018 or January 2019. PM Zoran Zaev considers the decision to be a clear roadmap for former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s future. Zaev expects Friday’s meeting with NATO Sec Gen Jens Stoltenberg to see the NATO invitation for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in July confirmed. James Pardew, former US Deputy Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State for Democracy in the Balkans during the conflict in Kosovo, in his speech, was using the name "the Republic of North Macedonia”, which, in his view, sounds great and shows the region’s history and reality.
During the session regarding the situation with the media landscape in the Western Balkans: the influence of disinformation and wrong information in the creation of the public opinion, the forum was addressed by the Minister without portfolio in the Government for communications, accountability and transparency Robert Popovski, and Sinisha –Jakov Marushik a journalist for Balkan Insight / Balkan research reporting network and Nemanja Todorovik Shtiplja, Editor in Chief for European Western Balkan participated in the panel.
A topic for the last session at this 98th Ross-Roth Seminar is the Inter-ethnic relations in the Western Balkans. The Vice Prime Minister responsible for implementing the Ohrid Framework Agreement and political system, Hazbi Lika and Professor Veton Ljatifi South –Eastern Europe, as well as Executive Director of the Centar for Democracy and Reconciliation in South-Eastern Europe, Zvezdana Kovach will address the participants on this topic.
Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.