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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-03-11

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  • [01] DM Meimarakis on FYROM

  • [01] DM Meimarakis on FYROM

    Greek Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis said on Tuesday that, until the NATO summit in Bucharest next month, there was enough time for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to cover the distance belonging to it in order to meet the Greek side in seeking a mutually acceptable solution to its name issue.

    Meimarakis, who was speaking during a press conference at the end of a Southeast Europe Cooperation Process (SEECP) defence ministers meeting in Sofia, also reminded of developments surrounding the issue in past years and stressed that Greece has taken a step forward to meet the other side, accepting a composite name for the landlocked republic.

    He added that "if the other side is willing to take a step forward too, we will find a solution before the NATO summit in Bucharest. Otherwise, there will be only one side to be blamed."

    Meimarakis further said that Greece supports in every way the candidate countries from the Western Balkans in their accession course towards NATO, as well as the developmnent of bilateral relations with them, while mentioning the dynamic increase in economic cooperation with FYROM, where big Greek investments have taken place.

    The defence minister reiterated that Athens is expecting Skopje to meet it halfway towards a mutually acceptable solution and expressed the hope that wisdom and logic will prevail in FYROM.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Greek Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis.

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