NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg demands independent inquiries over the wiretapping scandal

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg demands independent inquiries over the wiretapping scandal

Skopje, March 11, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

FYROM’s PM, Nikola Gruevski met today with NATO’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, where the two interlocutors discussed the current developments in FYROM and the process of Euro Atlantic integration of the country.

In the joint press conference, Stlotenberg has been asked about the political tension in the country and the wiretapping scandal.

“I cannot comment the information according to which, foreign secret services have been active in FYROM. What I can say is that it’s important to guarantee freedom of media and to offer the opposition the necessary conditions, because this means respecting democratic values. I believe that there must be independent inquiries on many serious accusations which have been launched during these registered conversations, said Stoltenberg.

Asked about this issue, PM Gruevski said that he explained to the secretary general of the Alliance the current situation and the actions of the opposition. According to him, there will be a transparent inquiry over this matter.

NATO’s Secretary General, Stoltenberg said that FYROM is facing many important challenges. “We’re following the current events. The progress of reforms depends on the effective political dialogue, legal system and freedom of the media. We demand from all political forces to be responsible and engage in open and constructive dialogue”, declared NATO’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg.

Stoltenberg also commented the name dispute with Greece, stressing that “there must be a solution before the country’s entry in the NATO and for this, there must be consensus from all members of the Alliance”. /ibna/