NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, has announced on Thursday, the invitation to Croatia and Albania in order to enter the Alliance. At the end of North Atlantic Council held in Bucharest, Macedonia has not received the invitation to enter in NATO, because of the dispute not yet resolved with Greece. Scheffer said that the invitation will be offered to Skopje authorities "as soon as possible, as soon as a solution will be found".
The UN members tried to solve the problem, but the Alliance observed that the measures taken have not been yet successfully, underlined Scheffer. "There is no deadline for Macedonia, but we encourage finding a solution as soon as possible", said subsequently NATO Secretary General, responding to a journalist question. "We recognize the activity sustained and the engagement proved by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia regarding European values and Alliance operations", declared Alliance Secretary General.