SEDM MEETING UNDERWAY
The 19th annual meeting of defense ministers of Southeastern European countries, part of SEDM process (SEDM), kicked off in Ohrid on Wednesday, Makfax correspondent said.
The meeting brought together delegations of 12 countries, participating as full members of SEDM, and four other countries with a status of observers.
Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski opened the meeting and highlighted Macedonia's commitment to meeting the NATO membership criteria.
"It was a great disappointment that Macedonia did not get the expected and well-deserved invitation to NATO membership at the summit in Bucharest due to reasons that we all are aware of," Gruevski said.
He stressed that Macedonia remains fully committed to continue the processes and activities that would eventually lead to the country's integration into the Euro-Atlantic community. The government enjoys a full support from the citizens in pursuing this goal, he added.
Macedonia will continue to promote a modern and stable democracy and strengthen democratic capacities and the functioning of multiethnic society. The country also will develop the political dialogue and finalize the decentralization processes.