03 April, 2008
European Union Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said on Wednesday that the recent incident concerning the disfiguration of the Greek flag in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) was a "terrible example of inciting feelings that could lead up to hatred for a neighboring country."
Replying to a relevant question by Bulgarian Eurodeputy Evgeni Kirilov in the framework of an exchange of views with the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee members, Rehn said that the act in question is not compatible with the principle of relations of good neighborliness.
He further said that the act is offensive for the Jewish community in Greece and pointed out that, as he was informed, the reaction of FYROM's government to this act was immediate.
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