Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Eleftheros Typos: Macedonia entrenches its constitutional name

Macedonia has further entrenched its position to preserve its constitutional name at any price, Greek daily Eleftheros Typos said.

In the headline Triple Deadlock, the paper says Slovenia's EU presidency does not show understanding on Greek stands, and Ankara blames Greek authorities over the deaths of illegal immigrants in the Aegean Sea.

The paper says the prime minister and the president of Macedonia shared the view that Greece's veto threats are real, but inspire all, Skopje won't agree to a composite name.

Just a few days away of meeting of negotiators of both countries and the UN mediator Matthew Nimetz, to be held in Ohrid by the end of the month, Macedonian top officials made it clear that a double name formula is the only possible solution - international use of the constitutional name of the republic and another name to be used in communications with Greece.

Meanwhile, Slovenia's presidency of the European Union is reviewing the allies' intent, i.e. to give Macedonia a starting date for EU accession talks, disregarding Greece's feelings, Eleftheros Typos said.

The paper further adds that Greek-Turkish relations are not moving in the right direction.

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