NATO accession is a priority, says FYROM’s defense minister

NATO accession is a priority, says FYROM’s defense minister

Skopje, June 17, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

The newly appointed minister of defense in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Zoran Jolevski, has declared that the accession of the country in the NATO is a priority for the new government and his priority as a minister.

“Accession in the NATO has high priority in the foreign policy. As a minister, I will commit in order to accomplish this objective. We still have to wait and see if this will happen in two and a half months in the next summit in Britain or in any other summit. I believe that the invitation for the country must not only be issued in a summit, but in other forms too”, declared Jolevski, who has arrived in Skopje from Washington, where he served as the ambassador of the country in the USA. He’s also known as Skopje’s negotiator in the talks for the solution of the name dispute with Greece.

He says that after he was nominated for the post of the minister of defense, he has informed UNO negotiator on the name, Mathew Nimmetz. “I have informed negotiator Nimmetz about my new position and we agreed that the negotiations for the name dispute must continue and our country is committed to finding an acceptable solution which would preserve the Macedonian identity and dignity”, underlined Jolevski. According to him, his role as minister of defense will focus on continuing the reforms in the domain of defense, continuation of partnership with USA and collaboration with regional and global partners for peace and security. /ibna/