Bosnia closer to join NATO, Turkey's FM holds talks

Rasmussen said that Bosnia-Herzegovina is closer to join the NATO Membership Action Plan more than ever before.

Bosnia closer to join NATO, Turkey's FM holds talks

NATO foreign ministers are close to a compromise on letting Bosnia-Herzegovina join the NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) after extensive efforts made by Turkey.

In a press conference held on Thursday, Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that Bosnia-Herzegovina is closer to join the NATO Membership Action Plan more than ever before.

Bosnia-Herzegovina's recent reforms and their decision to send troops to Afghanistan was "a source of pleasure" for NATO members. We will discuss the final details of Bosnia-Herzegovina's inclusion in the MAP during today's working dinner, Rasmussen said.

Diplomatic sources said that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has held talks with Rasmussen, EU Term President and Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos and the President of Bosnia-Herzegovina Haris Silajdzic in the past two days to help Bosnia-Herzegovina's participation in the MAP.

In a meeting held in December, NATO foreign ministers had assured Bosnia-Herzegovina that the country would be included in the MAP if they made the necessary reforms.

The Membership Action Plan (MAP) is a NATO programme of advice, assistance and practical support tailored to the individual needs of countries wishing to join the Alliance. Participation in the MAP does not prejudge any decision by the Alliance on future membership.


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