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Sekerinska heading to Brussels for North Atlantic Council meeting

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North Macedonia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska will take part in the meetings of NATO defense ministers at NATO Headquarters in Brussels October 24-25. The meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Defence Ministers’ session is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

On 6 February 2019, the Permanent Representatives to NATO of the 29 members of the Alliance signed the Accession Protocol for North Macedonia. Following the signing of the Accession Protocol, North Macedonia takes part in NATO activities as an invitee. The accession process now moves to the capitals of the 29 Allies where the Protocol is being ratified according to national procedures. The country will become a member of NATO as soon as all Allies have ratified the Accession Protocol.

After signing of the accession protocol, North Macedonia actively participates in the Alliance’s meetings. Upon completion of ratification process, the country will be entitled to vote.

At the October 24-25 meetings, Minister Sekerenska will outline North Macedonia’s position on the Alliance-led missions, tackling and building resilience against hybrid threats, increases in military spending etc.

“At the meeting of the countries participating in Resolute Support Mission (RSM) in Afghanistan, Minister Sekerinska is expected to reaffirm our country’s support to this mission through the long-term participation of the military in NATO-led missions in Afghanistan, the Defense Ministry said in a press release.

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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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