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US BACKS MACEDONIA’S QUICK ENTRY INTO NATO


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The United States pledges support for Macedonia's quick admission into NATO in the course of transformation of the entire region, a US senior official said.

Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns told the Atlantic Council in Washington that admission of the Adriatic Charter signatory-countries into NATO is among key US goals in terms of transformation of South-East Europe, along with Kosovo status and Dayton Accord.

"2007 will be year of major changes with two key goals for the US and EU alike - Kosovo status settlement and updating of Dayton Peace Accord," Undersecretary Burns said, adding that such policy aims to bring down the national barriers in the Balkan region.

"These two goals, along with admission of Croatia, Albania and Macedonia into NATO in 2008 or 2009, are initiatives that aim to bring the Balkans to EU and NATO, and to finally remove the institutional and national barriers that slowed down the progress of Balkan nations comparing to the nations in central Europe," he added.

Burns said the US and EU will try to calm down the "forces of irredentism and violence" as part of structure of politics in the Balkan.

NATO and EU entry will give the Balkan nations the same advantages as other nations in Eastern Europe since the collapse of communism, Burns said.

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