Sunday, July 27, 2008

No abuse of Macedonian citizens in Greece - Athens

An official Greek statement, released via its liaison office in the Macedonian capital of Skopje on July 25, said there have been no cases of abuse against Macedonian citizens in the country, local media report.

Macedonian news agency Makfax said a Macedonian truck driver had been forced to stop on the highway near the Greek city of Thessaloniki.

According to, the man allegedly shouted at the driver that his country’s name was not Macedonia but Skopje and scratched the MK markings on the back of his vehicle.

Following the incident, the Macedonian government urged Athens to condemn the case and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

According to the Macedonian interior ministry there have been seven cases of abuse of Macedonian citizens in Greece so far this year.

In its statement, Athens said "Greek authorities did not receive any report on such an incident. There are no indications that such an incident took place," reported.

"Therefore, there is nothing that the government in Greece should condemn. It is high time to put an end to distortion ofthe truth," the Greek statement was quoted as saying.

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