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Veljanoski-Topalli: Macedonia and Albania’s future lies within EU

April 4, 2012

Source: MIA, 04.04.2012

Macedonia and Albania are two friendly nations fostering high-level mutual relations. Albania is Macedonia’s supporter of its aspirations for NATO membership. The two countries need to cooperate, help each other to join the European family in due time, the parliament speakers of Macedonia and Albania – Trajko Veljanoski and Jozefina Topalli – concluded after a joint meeting on Wednesday in Skopje.

“Albania is another friend of ours in NATO and it has always backed our NATO membership bid. Macedonia and Albania have a joint path to complete leading to integration into the European family and we are convinced the day when we’ll become its members will come very soon. The future of Macedonia and Albania is in the European Union,” Veljanoski said.

His Albanian counterpart Topalli stressed that the two countries in the past had never had a happier joint project than the EU and NATO membership and that together they should work in the interest of the citizens by building trust and mutual relations.

Albania’s parliament speaker said she hoped that Macedonia would get positive signals at the NATO summit in Chicago, because “the country deserves it.”

“Albania strongly supports Macedonia’s membership to NATO. I would like to repeat the words of our PM Sali Berisha who said that Macedonia was not formally a member of NATO, but given its reforms and achievements, Macedonia was exactly that,” noted Topalli.

Veljanoski and Topalli discussed ways to bolster parliamentary and economic relations and raised the issue of inter-ethnic relations.

“We’ve also discussed other topics and came to an agreement that it is good that all issues arising in everyday life in both countries are solved by institutions in a swift and effective fashion,” speaker Veljanoski stated.

Topalli said she shared his stand adding that it was of great importance violence or incidents to be addressed adequately and swiftly.

The Albanian parliament speaker is also scheduled to meet with President Gjorge Ivanov and PM Nikola Gruevski. ba/13:08

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