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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-04-18

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  • [01] Greece on FYROM 'note verbale'
  • [02] Book on "Wehrmacht children"

  • [01] Greece on FYROM 'note verbale'

    Foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos said late Thursday that a note verbale lodged earlier in the evening by FYROM with the head of the Greek Liaison Office in Skopje, Ambassador Alexandra Papadopoulou -- over the fact that no invitation for membership was extended to FYROM at the recent NATO summit in Bucharest -- although technically addressed to Greece, was in essence addressed to the entire NATO alliance and the Joint Communique unanimously adopted in Bucharest.

    Koumoutsakos pointed out that the note verbale was lodged "15 days after the NATO Summit in Bucharest, and just 4 days after the proclamation of (early general) elections in the neighboring country".

    "In the midst, therefore, of the pre-election period, a note verbale is lodged, technically with Greece, but in essence addresed to the Alliance as a whole and the Joint Communique that was unanimously adopted in Bucharest," Koumoutsakos stressed, replying to a question on a late-night political program on NET television station.

    FYROM deputy foreign minister Zoran Petrov called Papadopoulou to the foreign ministry on Thursday night, to lodge a note verbale over "Greece's hindrance" of the extension of an invitation to FYROM for NATO membership at the alliance summit in Bucharest, claiming that in doing so, Greece was in violation of Article 11 of the Interim Agreement signed between the two countries in 1005.

    Caption:ANA-MPA file photo of Foreign Ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos

    [02] Book on "Wehrmacht children"

    A book by a German historian on the "children of Wehrmacht", the children of Greek women and German soldiers who were stationed in Greece during WWII , will be in Greek and German bookstores in a few months. Historian Kerstin Muth told ANA-MPA that her research in Greece began in 2005 and lasted two years, stretching from the city of Kavala in the north to the southern Aegean island of Crete. The issue is still a taboo and people do not like to talk about it, she said, adding out that it is important to bring these tragedies out in the open talk about them and help those involved get rid of the "stigma" of being the children of Nazi soldiers. Only six of the 10 "Wehrmacht children" located by Muth in Greece agreed to talk to her and share their experiences with her, while the rest refused any contact. The book will be published in Germany in the fall of 2008 and in the spring of 2009 in Greece.

    Caption:ANA-MPA file photo

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