23May2018

Reactions in Greece Following Latest Name Talk Round

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Compound name for overall use and thus change of the constitutional name are requirements for our support to the neighbouring country to enter NATO and the EU, Greek Government sources say, refuting media information that Macedonia will be allowed to freely join NATO with clause for international responsibility. “The incumbent government is negotiating on the FYROM name with sole criterion – the national interest and two clear conditions had been set to secure the national line. Compound name and overall use,” the sources note. The reaction came to reports in the Estia newspaper which writes that the international agreement to be signed by the two parties will not lead to solution regarding erga omens, but it will comprise clause for international responsibility i.e. sanctions - something that would serve as guarantee for the Greek government. The newspaper also comments that the agreement could be annulled but the decision for integration could not be cancelled afterwards. In an interview with Real FM Radio New Democracy’s Maria Spiraki says that based on media report it seems that Greece is ready to allow FYROM entry to the international structures and then get the erga omnes adjustment in instalments, which is unacceptable to them. Greek Alternate Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos said there was moderate optimism prior to the meeting of PMs Zaev and Tsipras. “There might be a timeframe for issues that cannot be solved at the moment of signing, but in no case will it be Interim Agreement as before,” Katrougalos told Greek radio Real FM. The Greek government junior coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL), headed by Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, sticks to the position against including the term Macedonia in the name of our country. The party’s strong position was once again reiterated by the ANEL’s spokeswoman Madalena Papadopoulou in an interview with RealFM radio.

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