Croatia & Albania Sign NATO Accords
Croatia and Albania signed NATO membership accords today, opening the way for them to join the Western military alliance, probably by early next year.
Following the signing by their foreign ministers, the Albanian Foreign Minister Lulzim Basha and Croatian counterpart Gordan Jandrokovic, the two Balkan nations will be able to sit in on meetings of NATO's main decision-making body, the North Atlantic Council.
They will become full members, under the alliance's defense umbrella, after membership is ratified by their parliaments and those of the 26 current members.
NATO officials hope that can be done before an alliance summit in April.
Croatia will become the second former Yugoslav nation to join NATO following Slovenia which entered in 2004.
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