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04 October, 2001
Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas confirmed on Wednesday that Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou and his German counterpart Joschka Fischer did discuss the outstanding issue of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's (FYROM) name, on Tuesday in Berlin.
Reppas, however, stressed that the confrontation and resolution of this issue concerns the government of Greece's neighboring republic, which should handle it with great responsibility, due to the crisis it is undergoing.
"We remain with the position we have had stated, nothing changes in regards to that position," Reppas said, denying claims that the German government applied pressure on Greece in regards to the name issue.
Responding to questions on Cyprus' accession to the European Union, Reppas said that the effort for the island republic's accession is on a good course and that Cyprus has all the preconditions to enter the Union during the first enlargement wave. "There can not be an EU enlargement without Cyprus," Reppas said.
Source: Athens News Agency