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FYROM: The Greek Military Cemetary Desecrated

March 24, 2013

 The images from the Greek Military Cemetary in the town of Valandovo of Skopje cause shock; they were taken after a sacrilegious attack which desecrated the burial site of Greeks who lost their lives during the First World War.

Broken crosses and destroyed tombs are seen in the photographs published by protothema.gr. The vandals let loose all their fury against the dead Greeks…The desecration of the Greek cemetary shows in a clear manner where the nationalist policies of the Prime Minister of Skopje is leading, policies that systematically feeds the citizens of fYROM with hate against Greece.

The extensive vandalism in the Greek Military Cemetary in the town of Valandovo of Skopje were detected by Greek diplomats of the Liaison Office of Greece in Skopje.

The statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reads: “The Head of the Skopje Liaison Office immediately contacted the FYROM Foreign Ministry, expressing his dismay and asking for the immediate investigation of the case, stressing that incidents such as this hurt the relations between the two countries and do not serve good neighbourly relations. A representative of the Liaison Office and the Defence Attaché are travelling to the site. It should be noted that the damage done to the cemetery was significant.”.

In an immediate reaction the Foreign Affairs Minister [of Greece] Dimitris Avramopoulos, instructed the head of the Liaison Office in Skopje to demand that “the Government of Skopje condemn the incident and take all necessary measures to locate and punish the guilty parties, but also to restore the material damages”.

In the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs it is noted: “Unfortunately, these incidents confirm yet again the risks and consequences of nationalism and populism, which is being cultivated in FYROM to the point where the dead are vulgarly insulted and history is disrespected.”.

Full Statement of the Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry, 14.03.2013

Foreign Ministry announcement regarding the desecration of a Greek military cemetery in the town of Valandova, FYROM

Thursday, 14 March 2013

The Greek Liaison Office in Skopje has established that unknown persons extensively vandalized the Greek military cemetery in the town of Valandova, in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The Head of the Skopje Liaison Office immediately contacted the FYROM Foreign Ministry, expressing his dismay and asking for the immediate investigation of the case, stressing that incidents such as this hurt the relations between the two countries and do not serve good neighbourly relations. A representative of the Liaison Office and the Defence Attaché are travelling to the site. It should be noted that the damage done to the cemetery was significant.

On the instructions of Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, the Head of the Skopje Liaison Office made an official demarche to the FYROM Foreign Ministry, asking that the FYROM authorities condemn the incident and take all necessary measures to identify and punish those responsible and to repair the material damage done.

Unfortunately, these incidents confirm yet again the risks and consequences of nationalism and populism, which is being cultivated in FYROM to the point where the dead are vulgarly insulted and history is disrespected.

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Ta Nea, 14.03.2013

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