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Monday, 02 July 2018 13:22

Less than two weeks after the historic agreement between Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly members met in Skopje from 27 to 29 June for its 98th Rose-Roth Seminar.

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The delegation of ATA Macedonia was lead by the President, Mr. Ismet Ramadani who noted that "The name deal between the two countries must be implemented in order Macedonia to join NATO a.s.a.p. Euro-Atlantic integration means security”.
Mr. Ilija Djugumanov was also representing the Presidency of ATA Macedonia at the event.

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Prime Minister Zaev, President of the Parliament Talat Xhaferi, other government officials as well as Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces  (DCAF) and additional experts addressed the ongoing reform processes across all government sectors. The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassadors from all neighbours sketch out how to further build confidence, trust and good neighborly relations.

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The Seminar comes at a critical time for the future of the Western Balkans as a whole.

The keynote speaker, former US Ambassador James Pardew, highlighted the importance of regional stability for the atlantic Alliance, based on his experience as former US Special Envoy in the Balkans and NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Operations.
Bekim Maksuti, Deputy Minister of Defence, and Stevo Pendarovski, National Coordinator for the preparation for NATO membership, as well as Josip Brkic, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, outlined the two NATO aspirants’ expectations for the NATO Summit on 11-12 July.

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This event was organized with the generous support of the Swiss Government and DCAF. The Seminar brought together approximately 120 participants in total. The key objective of Rose-Roth Seminars is to facilitate dialogue on regional security matters among legislators from NATO and partner nations.

The Seminar ended on high note on day when the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg announced his expectation that Macedonia will be invited to start accession talks with NATO at the next NATO Summit in Brussels.

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