16 November, 2007
Athens on Thursday was asked to comment on the most recent statement by a top US State Department official regarding the possibility of a Greek veto vis-à-vis the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's (FYROM) NATO prospects, due to the long-standing difference between Greece and the Skopje government over the FYROM "name issue".
Alternate government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros said the Greek government's position is well known and has been clearly stated by the prime minister and the foreign minister on numerous occasions. He added that negotiations underway are at a very sensitive stage, while refraining from making further comments.
Regarding the government’s assessment of the position, expressed by US Under
Secretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns, he noted that Greece’s stance is known, with the country's arguments made plainly clear to all interested parties, "and there is nothing else left to be said."
In closing, Antonaros said it has been acknowledged from the beginning that resolution of this issue is a long, tough and complex procedure before reminding reporters that Greek-US relations are close and friendly.
Source: Athens News Agency