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Pendarovski: NATO membership invitation a key breakthrough in N. Macedonia security

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President Stevo Pendarovski, in his remarks to an expert panel debate Strategic Security and Defense Priorities – Republic of North Macedonia following the Accession to NATO, said he was taken by surprise by the fact it was first time ever that a head of state comes to such an important institution, alluding to the Faculty of Security Studies, which organized the panel discussion together with the Cabinet of the President.

“I hope by the end of my term in office, I will have an opportunity to come to this institution more often, considering that for decades this has been the sole place for education of students studying security. And I also hope that my successors visit this institution,” Pendarovski said.

Speaking about the challenges of the 21st century, Pendarovski said the best way to deal with the challenges is to cooperate with skilled and qualified people in this field. It is unacceptable for the first time in 42 years that a head of state tours such an institution, he added.

“Undoubtedly, the key strategic breakthrough that North Macedonia has made in terms of its national security is the NATO membership invitation that we received in July 2018. It was a historic breakthrough and a turning point that finally puts our country on the global security map once and for all.”

“Terrorism, religious extremism, cyberattacks, disinformation campaigns, hybrid wars are ongoing and will not disappear anytime soon. The best way to tackle contemporary security threats that are high on NATO’s agenda is to keep track of trends and face them together with other members of the Alliance,” the President said.

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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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