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Hellenic Republic, MFA: Repudiation of articles in the Greek and Skopje press regarding the FYROM name issue and the opening of FYROM accession negotiations with the EU

December 9, 2012

Source: Hellenic Republic, MFA, 08.12.2012

 

Foreign Ministry spokesman Gregory Delavekouras made the following statement concerning articles in today’s Greek and Skopje press on the FYROM name issue and the opening of EU accession negotiations with FYROM:

“As for the ‘leak’ in today’s Skopje press concerning the content of the most recent ideas from Mr. Nimetz, we make it clear that Greece received no such ideas and we repudiate the contents of the article categorically. The content of the Nimetz ideas bears no relation to what is reported in the article.

What’s more, the ideas described in the article would be totally outside the framework Greece has set and could not be up for discussion.

As to the content of the article in today’s Athens press, alleging that Greece intends to consent to the opening of FYROM accession negotiations with the EU without the prior resolution of the name issue, we make it clear that this does not correspond the reality of the situation. Greece’s stance remains firm and consistent: that compliance with all the conditions and criteria that have been set by unanimous decisions of the EU is a necessary prerequisite for the opening of accession negotiations. Uppermost among these conditions is respect for good neighbourly relations, which means the finding of a mutually acceptable solution to the name issue.”

BS NOTE:

I did not manage to locate the “article in today’s Athens press”. If anyone knows which paper it was published in, let me know! Thanks.

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