Pendarovski meets with former NATO secretary general George Robertson

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Today, President Stevo Pendarovski received former NATO secretary general George Robertson, who is visiting the Republic of Northern Macedonia, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Ohrid agreement.

At the meeting, President Pendarovski pointed out the key role of former NATO secretary general Robertson in overcoming the 2001 conflict and reaching the Ohrid framework agreement. Both interlocutors concluded that from this time perspective, the agreement is a positive example of conflict resolution, which simultaneously guarantees the state a stable and democratic future, institutional overcoming of all challenges. President Pendarovski pointed out that, today, the Ohrid agreement almost does not qualify as a particular threat and that the promotion of the rights of certain ethnic communities can lead only to positive social processes.

At the meeting, opinions were exchanged on the overall cooperation between Northern Macedonia and NATO, on the implementation of projects within the Alliance, as well as on defense reform processes. Both interlocutors pointed out the important contribution of the state in the security sphere, as a key precondition for stability and economic prosperity in regional and global contexts.

President Pendarovski and former NATO secretary general Robertson also discussed the current situation related to the integration of the Republic of Northern Macedonia into the European Union, as well as the country’s progress in key reform areas. In that context, President Pendarovski expressed gratitude for the continuous contribution of the former NATO secretary general, Robertson, for greater visibility and evaluation of the efforts of our country in order to move the European integration process.