Tuesday, August 22, 2006


Greece calls for new FYROM government to cooperate in talks

Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis said yesterday that he hoped “the new government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will display the necessary spirit of cooperation so that a mutually acceptable solution [to the name issue] can be found.” Valinakis was speaking after FYROM’s prime minister in waiting, Nikola Gruevski, said that Greece’s neighbor would not negotiate over its constitutional name, the Republic of Macedonia. Gruevski said FYROM would consider using another name in dealings with Greece. “If the question is what Greece will call FYROM, the decisions of the UN Security Council and negotiations at the UN would not be necessary,” said Valinakis.

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