A top European official said on Wednesday that Macedonia's prospects for joining the European Union will depend on its full cooperation in investigating the controversial CIA kidnapping case of a Lebanese-born German citizen, news reaching here from Skopje reported.
"If Macedonia wants to become an EU member, it must give all information for preparation of the final report of the Council of Europe," Rene van der Linden, president of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, was quoted as saying to Macedonian Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski, who is on a two-day visit to Strasbourg to attend the quarterly PACE meeting.
Macedonia was granted EU candidate status on Dec. 17, 2005.
According to reports, Khaled el-Masr, who moved to Germany in 1985 and acquired German citizenship 10 years later, was arrested on suspicion of terrorism by Macedonian police in Skopje on Dec. 31, 2003. Later he was turned over to CIA agents and secretly flown to a CIA prison in Afghanistan.
He was kept there for 16 months before he was secretly released home without being given any reasons, he said. But many aspects of his claims remain unclear, it was reported.