17 September, 2008
Ambassador M. Christidis, in his capacity as Special Representative of Foreign Minister Ms. Dora Bakoyannis, completed his tour of Latin American countries today with a visit to Chile.
The purpose of the tour was to brief the Foreign Ministry leaderships of these countries on the course of the negotiations within the UN on the definitive name of FYROM.
The Greek side carried out detailed briefings on the constructive stance Greece is maintaining within the framework of the negotiations, so that a mutually acceptable definitive name can be found for FYROM.
Local foreign ministry leaderships were also informed regarding the delay tactics being employed systematically by the government in Skopje for the purpose of disorienting the talks and hindering progress in the negotiations.
The countries visited by the Greek Special Representative have all established diplomatic relations with FYROM, using the so-called constitutional name.
Specifically, Chile, where Ambassador Christidis is today, announced recently that in international organizations it will use the internationally recognized name FYROM, while in bilateral relations it will use the so-called constitutional name.
The Foreign Ministry’s Secretary General has made a relevant demarche regarding this latest development.
Last July, in a relevant note verbale, Panama announced to the Greek government that it will implement the resolutions of the United Nations regarding FYROM’s name on international and bilateral levels, and that within the framework of support for the negotiation process in the UN, it would adopt the definitive solution for all uses.