04 July, 2007
Greece's ambassador to the United States, Alexandros Mallias, was the keynote speaker at the 61st annual national convention of the Pan-Macedonian Association, which was held from June 26 to July 1 in Baltimore.
Mallias told an audience of Pan-Macedonian Association delegates on Saturday evening that although relations between Washington and Athens are based on common values and interests, the unilateral recognition of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in November 2004 by the Bush administration as merely "Republic of Macedonia" did not take into account Greece's interests.
Moreover, Mallias said that the Greek envoy that the policy of the current FYROM government, including references to Alexander the Great the Macedonian phalanx, among others, in tandem with a hostile and irredentist propaganda against Greece is a guaranteed recipe for failure.
Source: Athens News Agency