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Macedonia fulfills obligations to block the spread of weapons.

Stopping WMD Proliferation

January 2013, Number 04.01

“With the paradigm shift in international relations, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) appears to be one of the major threats to international peace and security. As trade becomes more sophisticated and borders more porous because of the accelerated pace of globalization, there is a greater risk that nonstate actors can acquire WMD for terrorist activities. Such circumstances require an adequate response to prevent terrorists from getting hold of deadly weapons. Establishment of stricter export control mechanisms and tangible physical protection measures at the national level, in line with international norms and standards, is seen as a pillar against the spread of WMD. In line with its commitments to peace and security as well as its national priorities, the Republic of Macedonia undertakes concrete legislative and regulatory measures to ensure international compliance and contribute to national, regional and global security. Each country should consistently work on improving national export control regimes and thwart terrorist agendas...”

Excerpt from Svetlana Geleva and Edvard Mitevski, “Stopping WMD Proliferation,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 4, No. 1, 2013: 58-61.

Svetlana Geleva is head of the UN Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of Macedonia. She has also held a number of other leadership posts in the  Foreign Affairs Ministry, including overseeing the Department for European Countries and the Department for Multilateral Affairs. Earlier in her career, she supervised Macedonian participation in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. She graduated from the University of Belgrade in 1987.

Edvard Mitevski is head of the Arms Control Unit, Directorate for Multilateral Relations, in the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He took the position after serving as head of one of the ministry's Public Diplomacy departments and working for the Secretariat of European Affairs of the Macedonian government. He holds a bachelor of law degree from the Lustinianus Primus Faculty of Law in Skopje, a master's in European studies from Karl-Franzens University of Graz in Austria and a master's in international peace and conflict resolution studies from the University of Notre Dame in the United States.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.