Ivanov eyes NATO summit for new FYROM bid

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) President Gjorge Ivanov has written to the heads of state in NATO countries, including Greek President Karolos Papoulias, ahead of an alliance summit in Chicago in May to ask for Skopje to be accepted into the organization.

In his letter, Ivanov referred to a December decision at the International Court of Justice that deemed Greece had breached its interim agreement with FYROM when it blocked the country from entering NATO in 2008.

“Further attempts by Greece to block our membership conditioned with one bilateral issue -- solving the name issue -- as a precondition for NATO membership, would be a failure to respect the ICJ judgement and another violation of the Interim Accord and the international law. We expect responsible behavior from our neighbor,” Ivanov said in the letter.


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