Saturday, July 19, 2008

PASOK says 'no answer" to FYROM PM

Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou said on Tuesday that there was no need to give an answer to a letter sent by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) leadership to Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

Commenting on a letter sent by FYROM prime minister designate Nikola Gruevski to the Greek premier the day before, in which he attempted to insert into the agenda of the talks demands relating to an alleged 'Macedonian minority' whose existence is not acknowledged by the Greek side, Papandreou, who speking in an interview with the ET3 TV station, Papandreou said:

"I consider that such kind of letters need no answer and, in essence, are letters (sent) in order to create impressions, negative impressions, to provoke a nationalism on both sides of the border, without offering a way out, which exists. There is a way out and we want a way out, we want the solution on concrete bases. A red line which is one, composite, name, with a geographical qualifier for all uses."

The main opposition leader added that "on this basis, there is the United Nations Organisation, there is the possibility of cooperating, something which is in the benefit of both countries. Because I believe that Mr. Gruevski is offering bad services to his country and his people."

Papandreou also referred, in his interview, to current internal political developments.

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