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Turkish FM reaffirms Ankara support of Skopje in regard to name dispute October 1, 2012

Posted by Yilan in Macedonia, Turkey, Yunanistan.
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Ankara supports Skopje in the dispute over Macedonia’s constitutional name, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says in an interview with Albania’s Shenja magazine
Turkey’s stand on the name dispute is rather clear, Davutoglu remarks.
“Turkey is the first country to recognise the Republic of Macedonia’s constitutional name and its national identity. It sees Macedonia as a close friend, partner and credible collaborator in the Balkans. In this respect, Turkey was the first country to open an embassy in Skopje. The right of the Republic of Macedonia to determine its constitutional name should be respected,” Davutoglu says.
He recalls of the International Court of Justice’s ruling of last December, which says that by vetoing Macedonia’s accession to NATO at 2008 NATO Summit in Bucharest, Greece breached Article 11 of the Interim Accord, signed by the two countries on September 13 of 1995.
“From the aspect of this ruling, we wish for the efforts of Macedonia – a democratic, multiethnic and multicultural state that is rather significant for the Balkan peace and stability – to join the Euro-Atlantic institutions to take unrestrainable course,” Turkey’s FM says.

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