Thursday, 3 April 2008

Macedonia Must Wait

It is confirmed. Macedonia has failed to overcome the Greek veto, and must content itself with the prospect of future membership.

As NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said: "We... agreed that a formal invitiation to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will be extended as soon as a mutually acceptable solution to (the) name issue has been reached. He added that "We expect the negotiations to be resumed without delay and concluded as soon as possible."

Croatia meanwhile has welcomed its invitation to join the Atlantic Alliance, and has said that it is now aiming for membership of the EU.

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