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NATO Secretary General welcomes Albania and Croatia as NATO members

Submitted by on 1/4/09 – 18:00No Comment

20081022_080709d-003_rdax_150x100From NATO site: “Today, Albania and Croatia have completed the accession process, and have joined the Alliance as members. I warmly congratulate them on this historic achievement. In becoming NATO members, Albania and Croatia share the benefits and responsibilities of collective security.

We are looking forward to welcoming the Heads of State and Government of Albania and Croatia as full members of NATO at our Summit later this week.

A flag-raising ceremony marking the accession of Albania and Croatia will be held at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on April 7th.”

It would seem, however, that there will be a pause on new members to the security organisation. Macedonia which had hoped to join was not able to because of an ongoing dispute with neighbour Greece over the use of it’s official state name. Prospects for both Ukraine and Georgia are less hopeful as Russia’s continual hostility to the move means relations between it and the organisation are not as good as they could be.


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