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

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  • [01] Greece on FYROM 'note verbale'

  • [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 Communiqué 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 addressed to the Alliance as a whole and the Joint Communiqué 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 1995.

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

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