SKOPJE, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* - NATO Liaison Office Skopje, represented by one of its advisors, Greek Army Colonel Spyridon Mylocharaktis, participated in the 8th session of the Committee for European Issues in the Parliament of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Jan. 15, 2018.
At the session, Bulgarian Ambassador Ivan Petkov stated that Bulgaria will support the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s aims for membership in NATO and the European Union during its chairmanship of the Council in the EU.
Petkov said Bulgaria supports the efforts of the government, opposition and the civil sector for achievement of the highest national goals, membership in EU and NATO and would like that to happen during the Bulgarian chairmanship of the European Council. He said in order for that to happen, heavy reforms must be implemented.
"Bulgaria will work on improvement of good neighborly relations between the Western Balkan countries, because there is still a possibility for destabilization,” said Petkov during his speech in the Parliamentary Committee for European Issues.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nikola DImitrov, said that more important from the ratification of the Agreement for good neighborly relations with Bulgaria is the reality in improving the relations and hopes that in 2018 the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will work towards and eventually gain membership in the EU and NATO.
Ambassadors from the U.S., Great Britain, the Netherlands and the EU mission were present, along with other diplomats, during the presentation of the Bulgarian EU chairmanship working program.
* Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.