Macedonia Odd Man Out in Trio

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Macedonia's foreign minister said Thursday that his delegation would walk out of the NATO summit in protest at being denied membership.

Macedonian officials decided to leave the alliance's conference in Bucharest after NATO leaders held off on inviting the country to join, while extending invitations to Albania and Croatia.

Greece has a province that is also called Macedonia and contends that the former Yugoslav republic's insistence on being known as Macedonia implies a territorial claim. NATO says Macedonia can join once the dispute is resolved.

"Today was a defeat for the principles of NATO," Milososki said. "The principles of NATO were not defeated on the fields where Macedonian soldiers are participating shoulder to shoulder with other NATO nations but ... on the Greek table here in Bucharest."

Following their invitations, Croatia and Albania are expected to join NATO within the next two years.