LETTER OF PROTEST TO SCHEFFER
Macedonia has sent a letter of protest to the NATO Secretary General Jaap De Hoop Scheffer.
The protesting letter sent by the Defense Minister Lazar Elenovski refers to the incident that occurred in the course of the NATO military exercise Steadfast Junction in France, which forced Macedonian Army's officers to cut short their participation in the exercise, A1 TV Station reported.
On 22 May, two Macedonian officers who participated in the military exercise, were verbally attacked by a Greek officer, who demanded from them to take off their uniforms labeled with the name of their country - Macedonia.
Macedonian officers refused to do so, and after consultations with the ARM General Staff and the Defense Ministry, left the exercise early.
Because of this incident, the Defense Ministry cancelled the participation of two ARM HQ officers at the same exercise that took place in Norway.
This exercise was aimed at evaluation of the NATO forces and the Alliance's partners as part of preparations of the rapid intervention units' for participation in peacekeeping missions.
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