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Greece hints at “Northern Macedonia” April 6, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Macedonia, Yunanistan.
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Greece could accept the name “Northern Macedonia” for its northern neighbor, and thus solve a dispute ongoing for the past 19 years.

“The name, ‘Northern Macedonia’, lies within the framework suggested by Athens,” Alternate Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas was quoted as saying by local media.

Should Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski reject this proposal, “it will be up to him to explain to his people why their European perspective has been withheld,” said Droutsas.

“Greece wants a solution, and quickly. We can achieve it, but Skopje must demonstrate the political will,” the Greek official added.

Athens and Skopje have been at odds for nearly two decades over the name of the country that Greece recognizes as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), but which is, under its own constitution, called the Republic of Macedonia.

Macedonia was accepted to the UN as FYROM, and Greece continues to assert that the country’s constitutional name implies territorial pretentions toward its northern province of Macedonia.

Athens has been blocking Skopje’s Euro-Atlantic integration bids over the name dispute.

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