Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Athens afraid of new surprise in argument with Skopje about name of Macedonia

The Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis is afraid of new surprise in the argument with Skopje about the name of Macedonia, the Greek daily Kathimerini reports today in an article entitled ‘Athens puts pressure on Skopje in Congress’.
According to the article Athens is determined to lead a two-field battle – at the U.S. home political scene and in NATO. Thus Athens hopes to intercept any new surprise about the name of the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia /FYROM/. The daily notes that Athens is using its ties with the Greek community in the United States and their access to the U.S. congress. The Greek Government has informed the Government of George Bush , but also the new Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-Mun, that Greece would not accept humiliation. Athens has firmly stated that no government would ratify Skopje’s joining to NATO if acceptable solution to the name problem is not found.

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