President of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) Zoran Zaev said his country would follow the example of Montenegro and become a 30th member of NATO alliance.
Talking about the way how Macedonia would solve the dispute with Greece, the reason for which it was blocked in NATO integration, Zaev said he believed that the dialogue between the two governments, which would honor the Macedonian identity, dignity and pride, would help in finding the solution for the decades long dispute.
“The opposition will help us in the matter I hope, but also the citizens of Macedonia, which we will, if necessary, invite to decide at the referendum on the name of the country they live in. As you know, Greece has set the change of the name of the Republic of Macedonia as a condition of our entry in NATO.
I honestly do not understand what’s expected of us. To declare ourselves as Martians?! We are Macedonians and we can not be anything else. By the way, I remind you that our country was recognized by 123 countries of the world under the name Republic of Macedonia. That’s why I’m sure that with the help of citizens, the opposition and the international community, we will soon resolve the dispute with Greece. Which will enable us to follow the example of Montenegro and become the thirtieth full member of NATO,” said Zaev for ‘’Pobjeda’’.
Source: Radio Television Montenegro