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FYROM asks for support from the US

March 4, 2012

By Dora Antoniou

Translated from Greek: Kathimerini, 24.02.2012


Just one day after the visit of the special Envoy of the UN for the name issue, mr Matthew Nimetz, to Athens and Skopje, the leadership of the neighbouring country started to unfold its real intentions concerning the entry to NATO, which, despite international advice, is not sought through the solution of the name issue. Although all NATO summits since Bucharest [t.n.: in 2008] refer to the solution of the name issue as a clear condition for entry, Nikola Gruevski seems to consider this condition as an obstacle that can be bypassed. Thus, faced with the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago, on the 20th and 21st May, the government of FYROM is focusing its movements in an effort to influence the American leadership and the rest of the country-members of the Alliance concerning its right to apply. In the immediate future it is expected that letters shall be sent to members of the American Congress, in which the necessity to activate the invitation of FYROM to NATO will be stressed. To the same end the Diaspora Organisations of FYROM have been activated, and have already started a campaign to collect 100,000 signatures for a petition addressed to the American President Barak Obama, concerning the entry of FYROM to the alliance.


The Greek Diaspora has not remained indifferent to the mobilisation of the Diaspora of FYROM in the US. The president of the American Hellenic Institute, Nick Larigakis, sent a letter to the Washington Times, which included in a recent article it published declarations by the Foreign Affairs Minister of FYROM, Nikola Poposki, who called the position of Greece “irrational”. Mr Larigakis spoke of the attempt to steal Greek history and enumerated examples of provocations and irredentist behaviour of FYROM.


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