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    Lithuanian parlt backs North Macedonia's NATO accession

    VILNIUS, Mar 14, BNS – Th Seimas of Lithuania on Thursday backed the Republic of North Macedonia joining NATO with unanimous 92 votes in favor of the proposed ratification of the Accession Protocol of the Republic of North Macedonia to the North Atlantic Treaty.

    The decision was made during the visit of Talat Xhaferi, president of the Assembly of North Macedonia, to Vilnius. He personally thanked Lithuania for its long-standing support and pledged that his country would do everything to implement reforms.

    "This process is not easy but we see a very clear goal ahead and we know what we want to achieve as we want to reach the endorsed strategic objective to become full members of NATO and the European Union. It means that we are striving to build a truly democratic country with the rule of law where institutions serve citizens," Xhaferi said.

    He hopes that all NATO member countries will have ratified North Macedonia's NATO accession protocol by the end of this year. "The protocol which was first ratified by Greece paved the way for all the other parliaments," he said.

    The protocol was signed in Brussels on February 6. Allied members need to ratify it to create legal preconditions for North Macedonia's NATO membership.

    The protocol will come into force once all NATO members ratify it under their national procedures. The Lithuanian parliament still needs to vote twice for the protocol to be finally approved.

    In the explanatory note attached to the bill, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that Macedonia has so far actively participated in NATO operations and missions, including those in Afghanistan and Kosovo, and implemented key reforms in the area of defense and security.

    The ministry hopes that after becoming the 30th NATO member, Macedonia will contribute to ensuring stability and security and the Baltic region.

    Macedonia has been a NATO partner since 1995. The country joined NATO's Membership Action Plan in 1999. Macedonia was invited to join NATO in July, 2018.

    By Milena Andrukaityte

    Vilnius newsroom,, +370 5 239 64 16

    • Published: 14.03.2019 14:55
    • LETA, BNS
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