“Former US ambassador to Macedonia, Philip Reeker, said that the autumn referendum on the name is an opportunity for all Macedonians to come out and say they are for a positive future for Macedonia.

‘NATO membership, if you look at your neighbors like Bulgaria, Albania, other countries of the former Yugoslavia, meant a lot, and even for Greece, NATO and EU membership meant a lot in economic terms, and in terms of stability. This is now an opportunity for Macedonia to move forward, to join NATO in a short period of time. The accession process is already underway,’ Reeker said, whose new position is a civilian deputy commander of the United States forces in Europe. He was accompanied by Curtis Scaparrotti in Macedonia.” (translated from Nova Makedonija)