|Slovakia Is a Very Strong Candidate for NATO Membership|
Slovakia Is a Very Strong Candidate for NATO Membership
Quelle: Bundesregierung, Berlin, den 20. Januar 2002.
"In view of the great advances Slovakia has made, I assume that this country will certainly be among the first group to accede to the European Union," said Chancellor Gerhard Schröder following a meeting with Slovakia's Prime Minister Mikoláš Dzurinda in Berlin on February 19, 2002. He also stated that the same applied in the case of NATO enlargement. "Slovakia is undoubtedly a very strong membership candidate," stated Schröder. Germany was therefore supporting the country's accession ambitions.
Chancellor Schröder and Prime Minister Dzurinda (Bundesregierung Foto)
The Slovakian premier was on a working visit to Berlin at the invitation of the German chancellor. Following their meeting at the Federal Chancellery, Chancellor Schröder acknowledged the close and very good contacts between the two countries in the political and economic sphere. He said Germany was following with admiration Slovakia's successful progress towards growing economic and political stability under the Dzurinda government.
Prime Minister Dzurinda described the German chancellor's assessment of his country's achievements as a great encouragement. There had been discussion of the difficult and painful period of economic reform in Slovakia that was now producing positive results.
Answering a question raised by Slovakian journalists concerning the impact of a possible change of government (the return of Meciar and his party) on the country's accession to NATO and the EU, the chancellor replied that he did not wish to interfere in internal political affairs.