NATO IN 2008, EU IN 2013
Macedonia expects to become a member of NATO in 2008 and to join the European Union in the year 2013, said Macedonian Foreign Minister Antonio Miloshoski in an interview with Voice of America.
Our ambition is to acquire a date for negotiations in 2007, to launch them in 2008, and to join the European Union in 2012 or 2013" he said adding that the latest European Commission report on Macedonia's progress is "a document of well-intentioned criticism".
"We have been working hard and I think we deserved it. Eight years ago, Macedonia was a recipient of security assistance, whereas nowadays, the country is a provider of the same, by taking part in missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina"
As regards the dispute with Greece over the name of Macedonia, the Foreign Minister said that both countries want to pursue talks under mediation of the UN facilitator Matthew Nimetz, but without rushing to a haste decision at the expense of the quality.
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