ALBANIAN PRESIDENT MEETS WITH CRVENKOVSKI
Macedonia and Albania share equal goals - an accession to the European Union and NATO, nourish solid political relations and have great potential for further development of the economic cooperation, Presidents Branko Crvenkovski and Bamir Topi said Monday after their meeting in Ohrid.
To believe that Macedonia, Albania and Croatia will be invited to join NATO at the Bucharest Summit is not sufficient, Crvenkovski said, pointing out that each country should do its homework in the forthcoming period.
Asked about possible Greece's obstruction of Macedonia's accession to NATO, Crvenkovski said that under the interim agreement between the two countries of 1995, Greece could not prevent Macedonia's integration with NATO or any other international organization.
To a journalist question on the security situation in Macedonia, Crvenkovski pointed out the resent incidents in certain parts of the country.
- Unfortunately some of them have lethal outcome. The Ministry of Interior has been blaming individuals and criminal groups, but I am not certain that these incidents are not a result of the latest developments in Kosovo. Therefor, I have convened a new session of the National Security Council for Wednesday, Crvenkovski said.
He also reiterated Macedonia's position on Kosovo issue, saying that the UN Security Council should define the province's status.
- If it is not possible, Macedonia, as a candidate country for NATO, EU membership, will respect their joint policy, Crvenkovski said.