El gobierno de Macedonia anunció el fin del servicio militar y la total profesionalizaciòn de sus fuerzas armadas para el principio del año que viene para poder entrar en la OTAN.
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Macedonia announces end to conscription
ISN SECURITY WATCH (Tuesday, 11 April 2006: 10.45 CET) ? Macedonian Defense
Minister Joban Manasievski has announced that his country will end military
conscription and that the army would be fully professionalized by the
beginning of next year, DTT-NET.COM reported.
The Monday announcement will make Macedonia the first country in the western
Balkans to end military conscription.
According to the Brussels-based news agency, new soldiers would be recruited
to the Macedonian army on a voluntary basis for an initial three-month
training period, after which they would then join the regular professional
Macedonia?s permanent representative to NATO, Nano Ruzin, told DTT.NET.COM
that the country had ?advanced well with reforms comparing to other countries
of the western Balkan region?.
Officials said the new professional army would have around 7,000 regular
soldiers and 2,500 reserve troops, with a budget of around ?100,000
(US$121,000), or 2.3 to 2.6 per cent of the country?s gross domestic product.
Minority ethnic Albanians will also represent some 20 per cent of the troops,
DTT-NET.COM quoted officials as saying.
Macedonia is seeking full NATO membership and one of the conditions set by the
alliance is a professional army.
Macedonia, Albania, and Croatia are hoping to receive an invitation for NATO
membership when the alliance holds its 2008 summit.
(By ISN Security Watch, DTT-NET.COM)
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