Jaap de Hoop Scheffer: two countries were invited to join NATO. Macedonia was rejected
Journalists representing Macedonia left the conference room after Scheffer made his official declaration. According to sources, France, Spain, Luxembourg and Greece voted against Macedonia while Portugal refrained to take a stand on the issue.
Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry announced that NATO's decision is a victory forGreece. Lately, Greek officials argued that Macedonia need to choose another name for their nation or at least add another adjective to it.