Thursday, April 26, 2007

Prospects in Greece-Macedonia name dispute not bright

The name dispute between Athens and Skopje does not have a very bright prospect, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Kurt Walker, said in an interview with Greek paper To Vima.

Calling for reaching a "mutually acceptable solution", Walker underlined that the perspectives are not "flattering" for the Greek diplomacy either.

"The Greek state cannot allow to lose the entire forest for one tree", Walker warned, pointing out that the name issue "should not pose as an obstacle to the overall efforts in the region for integration of the institutions and democracy development aimed at membership in Euro-Atlantic structures".

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