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MR. EMIL DIMITRIEV - DEPUTY MINISTER FOR DЕFENCE OF THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

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355.1.071.2(497.7)„1991-“(047,53) Interview

MR. EMIL DIMITRIEV - DEPUTY MINISTER FOR DЕFENCE OF THE
REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA


SECURITY DIALOGUES: Where’s the Army after 20 years?


Mr. Emil Dimitriev: To tell where the Army is after 20 years, it is inevitable to tell what were the beginnings, the building and nowadays achievements of itself. One of the first principals in the declaration of independence brought by the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia was the establishment of the Macedonian Army. By that day untill today and in the future, the Army of the Republic of Macedonia represents and will represent synonym of its Macedonian independence. By that time’s territorial defense and from the military personnel in the former Yugoslav Peoples Army with Macedonian origin today’s Army was born. The strong enthusiasm and desire to build modern, equipped and highly professionalized army is verified within what’s achieved today.
The full professionalization of the army of the Republic of Macedonia was partly achieved among the first countries of this part of Europe, but it is essential to be noted that the professionalization is realized by quality methods, which is why our army is a preferred partner of many of the more powerful armies in the world. In the part of the Material Resources, today’s army is on enviously high level, which allows realization of its main missions. The working conditions and the standard of our army personnel are improving constantly by its capacities, but there’s more room for improvement. In the past period there was a raise of their income (especially in the part where raisings were 100%) and we plan to continue with them in the future. 

SECURITY DIALOGUES: The process of Army modernization?

 Mr. Emil Dimitriev: Technical-technological development of the mankind determinates the modernization as a process which is in constant changes. This is the same with equipping and modernizing of an army. There are always new techniques and ways of managing of certain situations and every army strives to be equipped with the last word of techniques. As seen where we were 20 years ago, we’ve made much more on the plan of equipping of our army, but seen further in the future we still have much to do. The current condition of the equipment of our army ensures quality performance of the tasks but we have few other priorities on which we must concentrate in the future and that’s our radar



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