Monday, January 22, 2007

Temporal agreement functions well and is met by both parties

Macedonia hasn't received direct announcement for possible withdrawal of the temporal bilateral agreement due to renaming the Skopje airport into Alexander the Great, said Macedonian Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki answering journalist question after opening the Greek language center for Macedonian Army (ARM) members in Ilinden army barracks. - I believe the temporal agreement functions well and it is met by both parties. We expect its resumption in the years to come, said Milososki.

Commenting the recent statements by his Greek counterpart Dora Bakoyannis, Milososki said the statements were normal for both the Macedonian and Greek side.

- The statements are normal, there's no major difference between the Macedonian and Greek ones. However, I would like to emphasise that the opening of Greek language center in ARM, aims to demonstrate that countries' cooperation potential is much bigger than the potential of misunderstandings. I'm certain nothing can change our firm cooperation with Greece, said Milisoski.

The Greek Ambassador to Macedonia Theodora Grosomandiu, answering Wednesday a journalist question on whether the renaming of the Skopje airport into Alexander the Great had made an impact on the Macedonian-Greek relations, had said that the issue implied historic symbols, which had been treated by Greece with great sensitivity.

- Greece's position has been clear enough. I would reiterate what Dora Bakoiyanni has said i.e. people from the Balkans should commit themselves to building future, not returning to the past. I believe both countries will demonstrate maturity in avoiding mutual provocations, thus committing to hospitable neighbouring relations, stated Grosomandiu after opening the Greek language classroom in Ilinden army barracks.

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