Macedonia and Greece in row December 25, 2010Posted by Yilan in Macedonia, Yunanistan.
Tags: Greece, Macedonia
Greece is unhappy about the use of the word Macedonia.
MACEDONIA and Greece are embroiled in a dispute about the former’s name.
Although Macedonia is willing to compromise with Greece in a dispute about its name it has said it would not accept any solution that affected Macedonian identity and language, President Gjorge Ivanov said on Tuesday.
Greece has a northern province called Macedonia and claims the use of the name by the country implies Skopje has a claim on the Greek territory.
“It is not acceptable to discuss a solution that touches upon Macedonian identity, Macedonian language and the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia,” Ivanov warned.
“As long as I am president of the republic of Macedonia, I will not allow this to happen,” he added in his annual address to parliament.
Macedonian media have reported that Athens insists not only that the republic change its name but also objects to its language being called Macedonian and its inhabitants being identified as Macedonians.
Macedonia, independent since 1991, was recognized by the United Nations in 1993 under the name Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).
UN-led negotiations on the name row have been fruitless and Greece has used it to block Macedonia’s entry into both the European Union and NATO.
Ivanov said Macedonia was ready to overcome its differences with Greece.
“We stand ready to bridge the differences in a European manner. We are citizens of a European country and we require Greece, being a member of the European Union, to use a European approach towards us,” Ivanov said.
More than 120 nations, including Russia and the United States, have recognized the landlocked Balkan country under its constitutional name Republic of Macedonia.