01 December, 2007
“The moment is now” for the solution of the pending name issue of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis stated in an interview to Skopje’s “Utrinski Vesnik” newspaper which was published in its Saturday edition.
Bakoyannis stressed the need for “clear solutions” to the name issue, “easily understandable by all the peoples of the region and of the world,” and described as mistaken the logic that says that there are winners and losers in this matter.
She noted that Greece does not refuse the inclusion of the term “Macedonia” in the name of its northern neighbour and calls for a composite name which will be distinct.
“Greece does not have entrenched positions” and seeks a mutually acceptable solution, accepting that this will be on the basis of a composite name, Bakoyannis said.
The Greek foreign minister calls on the government of FYROM, after this very important step for Greece, to do its part for the reaching of a solution.
Source: Athens News Agency