Three days after Greece's Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis sent an answering letter to his FYROM counterpart Nikola Gruevski, a letter which was also handed over to the UN Secretary-General, the FYROM Premier has not given up on making provocative claims.
In his letter to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, Gruevski asked him to mediate so that the living conditions of the Macedonian minority, as Gruevski called it, living in Greece can be improved.
Gruevski'Αs letter has crossed the line, since it is after making the EU an arbitrator, putting the name dispute aside.
Focus should be shifted on the FYROM name dispute only, while no controversial issues should be raised, commented Deputy Assistant of the US Secretary of State Matt Bryza in his interview with Eleftheros Typos daily.
Bryza stressed that the US State Department has taken no stand on the matters raised by Nikola Gruevski.
In the meantime, the two-day celebrations in honour of Saint Elias in the northern Greek village of Meliti ended smoothly. The celebrations are attended by the area'Αs residents and a small number of FYROM nationals.