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25 November, 1997
The government's policy vis-a-vis the name issue with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) has not changed, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stressed yesterday at a press briefing.
He called on Skopje's leadership to work on a mutually acceptable solution, which will be "to FYROM's advantage."
Additionally, he said Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos has already stated his position on the matter.
Mr. Reppas added that negotiations are still in progress under the United Nations' aegis and in accordance with the Sept. 13, 1995 interim agreement signed by the two nations.
"The other side, which remains uncompromising and irreconcilable, violating the commitments of the interim agreement of 1995, will understand that it is to its benefit to end this issue..." he said.
Finally, Mr. Reppas reiterated that Athens rejects the use of the name "Republic of Macedonia-Skopje" by the landlocked nation.
Source: Athens News Agency