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Macedonia to propose steps for better Greece ties January 26, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Macedonia, Yunanistan.
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Greece has blocked Macedonia’s efforts to join the NATO defence alliance and the European Union because of the dispute.

Macedonia will propose steps to improve relations with Greece and help solve a dispute over the republic’s name, Macedonian Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki said on Tuesday.

Greece has blocked Macedonia’s efforts to join the NATO defence alliance and the European Union because of the dispute.

Milososki, who expects to meet Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou on Friday, said he would propose that Macedonia and Greece open embassies on each other’s territory and that a new border crossing between them be opened to make travel easier.

He said he would also propose the two states sign an accord preventing double taxation as a sign of Macedonian support to Greece, which faces debt and deficit problems.

“We have these initiatives and we want to stimulate Greece. We want to make a step forward regarding this (name) question,” Milososki told a news conference during a visit to Ljubljana.

Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar said there were expectations in the EU that the name dispute could be solved by the end of June but gave no details.

Slovenia has managed so far to join the EU. It acceded in 2004 and adopted the euro in 2007.

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