Turkey, Macedonia enhance cooperation

Toptan said contribution of Turks living in Macedonia to this country constituted a good example for bilateral relations between the two countries.

Turkey, Macedonia enhance cooperation

Turkey's Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan who is officially visiting Macedonia met Monday his Macedonian counterpart Trajko Veljanoski and later was received by President Branko Crvenkovski.

Following bilateral meetings at the Parliament the two Parliament Speakers held a joint press conference.

Toptan told reporters that with this visit they aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two countries noting that Turkey always supported Macedonia's independence, sovereignty and its political integrity.

Toptan said the positive contribution of Turks living in Macedonia to this country as loyal citizens, constituted a good example for bilateral relations between the two countries. He said Turkey supported Macedonian Government's move on the issue of political representation.

He also said that Turkey attached great importance to Macedonia's accession to NATO and the EU and added that Turkey's support on these issued would continue.

"We know that Macedonia's membership is of utmost importance for Turkey and the Balkans. The Balkans have suffered great pains. It should not suffer more. Harmful developments in these lands effect the whole region. Therefore Macedonia should become a NATO member at once," said Toptan.

Toptan pointed out that Macedonia fulfilled all the requirements for NATO membership noting that NATO would loose credibility if it did not accept this country as a member.

In his part, Veljanovski said Turkey --the first country to recognise Macedonia's independence-- extended great support to Macedonia's NATO bid.

He said Turks living in Macedonia were loyal citizens noting that they changed legislation to allow Turks and other ethnic groups to be better represented at the Parliament.

Veljanovski said efforts were also underway to solve the problems faced by Turkish investors in Macedonia.

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