Romania stands behind Macedonia for NATO membership

Tuesday, 16 January 2007

Romania supports Macedonia's aspiration to become a fully-fledged member of NATO in 2008.

Romanian Defense Minister Sorin Frunzaverde said this in the course of a meeting with his Macedonian counterpart Lazar Elenovski in Bucharest today.

Elenovski expressed hopes that the 2008 NATO Summit will be held in "friendly Romania", and will produce an invitation to Macedonia for membership in the Alliance, Romanian agency Mediafax reported.

The Macedonian and Romanian Defense Ministers discussed also the restructuring process of the both armies, as well as their participation in peacekeeping missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The highlights of the talks included the bilateral cooperation in the defense filed.

During his working visit to Bucharest, Minister Elenovski will hold a lecture at the National Defense University on the topic "NATO perspectives of Macedonia and the Adriatic Charter signatory-countries".

MD: Before, we've "helped" them, now we are in the position to "receive" help from them