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Debate on strategic security priorities following accession to NATO

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The Faculty of Security Studies – Skopje hosts an expert panel debate “Strategic Security and Defense Priorities – Republic of North Macedonia following the Accession to NATO “, co-organized by the Faculty and the Cabinet of the President of North Macedonia.

President Stevo Pendarovski is expected to deliver the opening speech at the event, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Prof. Dr. Nikola Dujovski, the Dean of the Faculty of Security Studies, will address the attendees.

The panelists include Prof. Dr. Marjan Gjurovski, the Vice-Rector of the St. Kliment Ohridski University,  Prof. Sashe Gerasimovski, Prof. Marjan Nikolovski, Prof. Aleksandar Ivanov of the Faculty of Security Studies – Skopje, and members of the country’s National Security Council – Prof. Dr. Trajan Gocevski and Prof. Dr. Veton Lattifi.

The purpose of the expert panel debate is to assess the draft-strategy on defense of the Republic of North Macedonia, which is under discussion before being endorsed by the head of state.  Main emphasis will be placed on strategic security and defense priorities following North Macedonia’s accession to the Alliance, new security challenges and obligations arising from the integration into the Euro-Atlantic community.

The current Defense Strategy was adopted in 2010. Considering the modern security threats and risk challenges, as well as the changed status of the Republic of North Macedonia at international level, a new national defense strategy has been drafted.

The new strategic document identifies the features of the modern security environment, provides guidelines for further development of national defense capacities and capabilities of the defense system, including guidelines for advanced defense planning in line with the NATO and EU standards.

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Arrest warrant issued for Spasov

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Former special police officer Igor Spasov, who has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for murdering Martin Neskoski, is wanted on recall to prison after going missing.

Macedonian police issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday after he failed to show up to begin his sentence. The arrest warrant has been published on the web-site of the Ministry of Interior.

The former member of special police force vanished after ignoring summons to serve time after he was sentenced in prison on murder charges.

The man had probably fled justice to avoid serving a 14-year jail sentence for a murder conviction. He was to report to Idrizovo correctional facility on 18 October.

The murder took place during a late-night celebration of VMRO-DPMNE’s victory in 2011 parliamentary elections.

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Matthew Palmer due in Skopje today

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The US Secretary of State’s Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, will visit North Macedonia on Tuesday.

Special Representative Palmer is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

The two are expected to discuss the bilateral relations between North Macedonia and the United States, including the US support for the country’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic community. They will exchange views on the situation in the country and the region.

In late August, the U.S. State Department appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Palmer as special envoy for the Western Balkans with a mandate to help integrate the region into Western institutions.

US Secretary of State has appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer  as his Special Representative for the Western Balkans.  In this role, Palmer will lead our efforts to strengthen U.S. diplomatic engagement in support of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and focus on integration of the Western Balkan countries into Western institutions.

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Zaev: We can give argument to reassure Macron

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We can give arguments to reassure President Macron that “methodology prior to enlargement” proposal could be converted into “enlargement along with change in methodology”, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev wrote on his Facebook page, alluding to France’s Emmanuel Macron’s initiative for new enlargement methodology.

“We are not only a strategic interest, we are Europe. It means we will become a member of the European Union once we wrap up the comprehensive reform at home. The pre-accession process and closure of chapters will help us make it happen. The accession negotiations will help us wrap up domestic reform,” Zaev wrote on his Facebook page.

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