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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-03-17

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] PM, DM discuss upcoming NATO summit

  • [01] PM, DM discuss upcoming NATO summit

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis met Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis on Monday to discuss issues concerning the defence ministry and the upcoming NATO summit. With regard to the name dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Meimarakis said the Greek government had set forth its views fully and clearly and that it was now up to the other side to take the steps required to come closer to Greece's views, "otherwise it would itself be responsible for the outcome."

    Greece has softened its stance by agreeing to a new composite name for FYROM that contains the term 'Macedonia' as long as this is combined with an acceptable qualifer, preferably one that is geographical, and is the single name used for the country. Athens has made it clear, however, that it will not consent to an invitation to FYROM to join NATO unless the issue of the name is first resolved through a mutually acceptable agreement.

    Asked if Greece will assist other countries in the destruction of outdated ammunition and ordnance -- following a massive and deadly explosion at a depot outside Tirana, Albania -- the minister said this had been done several times in the past with required safety procedures, since human error could lead to costly mistakes.

    Caption: File photo of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, dated Friday, 14 March 2008. ANA-MPA / G. ANTONIOU


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