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Macedonia joined the Partnership for Peace in 1995, and in 1999 it adopted its first Action Plan for NATO Membership (MAP). During the 1999 Kosovo crisis some 350,000 refugees from Kosovo found temporary protection in the Republic of Macedonia. In August 2001, NATO through its Mission in the country intervened in the conflict in Macedonia. The contribution of the Republic of Macedonia to the operation ISAF is a confirmation of its strong commitment for a contribution in the democratic development of Afghanistan.
At the 2008 Bucharest Summit Greece blocked the invitation for Macedonia to join NATO. After the veto, Macedonia filed a lawsuit against Greece before the International Court of Justice in The Hague accusing Athens of violating the Interim Agreement, according to which Greece would not impede Macedonia’s membership in international organizations. On 5 December 2011, the International Court of Justice ruled in favor of Macedonia that Greece violated the Interim Accord by blocking the accession of Macedonia into NATO at the Bucharest Summit in 2008.
Antonio Milososki graduated from the Law Faculty in 1999. In 2002 he finished his master`s degree in European integration at the Friedrich Wilhelm University in Bonn, Germany. From 1997-1998 he was a Vice-president of the Youth Union of the political party VMRO-DPMNE. In 1999 and 2000 was Head of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and from May 2000 till September 2001 was the government`s spokesman. Since April 2005 he has been a Research Fellow at the Institute of Political studies, Gerhard Mercator University in Duisburg, Germany and a doctoral student in political science. From 2006-2011 he was a Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia and in August 2011 he became a member of parliament and a Chairman of the Foreign Policy Committee.
Igor Ivanovski graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Skopje (B.Sc. in Technological development and cybernetics) and finished Master`s degree in Management. He is a Junior Teaching Assistant in Mathematics for business as well as insurance for the Faculty of Economics in Skopje. Since 1997 he has been a member of the Central Board of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia. From 2001-2003 he was a President of the Social Democratic Youth of Macedonia. In 2002 he became a member of parliament. From 2002-2003 he was a spokesman and International Secretary of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia. Since 2003 he has been a member of the Presidency of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia. From 2004-2006 he was a PR advisor of the President of the Republic of Macedonia.
Deshira Imeri graduated from the Faculty of Computer Sciences and Technology at South-eastern Europe University in Tetovo. She is a Masters student in Software Application Development in the SEEU in Tetovo. She has worked as an officer in the Independent International Bank ProCredit. In 2006 she was employed as a professor of informatics in a secondary school. In 2007 she worked as an academic adviser in the Contemporary Sciences and Technology. In 2011 she became a Member of Parliament in the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia where she currently serves as a member of the Committee on Education and Science and Sport, member of the Parliamentary Group for Cooperation With the Parliaments Baltic Countries, and deputy-member of the Delegation for Stabilization and Association, as well as serving as a member of the Foreign Policy Committee.
Pavle Sazdov graduated in the field of Information Technologies from Everest College - School of Technology in 2005. He also holds an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Information and Communication Technologies from FON University in Skopje, where he is currently enrolled in a Master’s program in the same field. He has been a member of the Youth Union of the political party VMRO-DPMNE since 1997. He was hired to work for the Macedonian Government as a State Secretary for the Ministry of Information Society and Administration. He was at this post until the early 2011 elections in Macedonia, when he was elected as the first member of the Macedonian Assembly representing the Macedonian Diaspora from North and South America. Besides being a member of the Foreign Policy Committee, Mr. Sazdov is also the Chairman of the Inter Party Parliamentary Group for the Rights of People with Disabilities.