“The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), the voice of more than half a million Americans of Macedonians, welcomed the vote and applauds the U.S. Senate for ratifying the protocol and furthering Macedonia’s long-awaited and well-deserved accession into NATO, UMD said in a statement Friday.
“Macedonia should have been invited to join NATO at the 2008 Bucharest Summit; however, Greece vetoed this demanding that Macedonia change its name. While a 2011 International Court of Justice verdict found Greece in violation of international law by vetoing Macedonia’s NATO membership, the Zaev leadership in Skopje obliged with the signing of the unconstitutional Prespa Agreement, fundamentally altering the country’s name and identity, in order to join NATO. UMD criticized the long and arduous process, and remains strongly against the Prespa Agreement,”
The UMD calls upon Iceland, France, the Netherlands, and Spain to follow the U.S. Senate’s lead and “to ratify Macedonia’s membership. Once these member states deposit their ratifications with Treaty Office in Washington, D.C., Macedonia can complete this historic process of becoming the 30th full-fledged NATO member and ally.”
The US Senate has voted overwhelmingly to ratify North Macedonia’s entry into NATO as the alliance’s 30th member. Senators voted 91-2 on Tuesday to approve North Macedonia’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Arrest warrant issued for Spasov
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.
Matthew Palmer due in Skopje today
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.
Zaev: We can give argument to reassure Macron
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.