LJUBLJANA, 30 August 2010 - Directors of the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) Bakhatyar Aljaf and Zijad Bećirović today received Dr. Nexhati Jakupi, Minister of Environment and Physical Planning of the Republic of Macedonia.

Minister Jakupi expressed interest in the activities of the IFIMES International Institute in Macedonia and the Balkan region. IFIMES directors presented the activities of the Institute in the Balkan region, with a special emphasis on the activities related to Macedonia.

Minister Jakupi presented the current situation in Macedonia with a special emphasis on the efforts undertaken by his Ministry in the field of environment and physical planning which are among the priorities of the Macedonian government.

Mr. Bećirović expressed his hopes for a soon resolution of the name dispute between Greece and Macedonia and commencement of accession negotiations between Macedonia and the EU, with a view to gaining full membership in NATO and EU as soon as possible.

At the end of the visit IFIMES directors presented the guest with the Institute's latest publications.

Ljubljana, 30 August 2010

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