26 January, 2007
Greece's Ambassador to the U.S. Alexandros Mallias briefed members of Congress and officials of the State Department and of the National Security Council on developments in the Balkans and on "the consistent Greek policy of support of the European expectations of Balkan countries which moves in the context of the strategic policy between the European Union and the United States in the Balkans and is of fundamental importance for the achieving of peace, stability and prosperity."
Mallias also gave emphasis to Bulgaria's and Romania's accession to the European Union and spoke of "the leading role of Greece in the energy and other sectors and in general in the processes of the region's economic unification."
The Greek ambassador also spoke of propaganda by the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), presenting school and military academy maps of the neighbouring country as well as statements by officials which show that the use of the name Alexander the Great at Skopje airport is incorporated in a broader framework of irredentist propaganda by FYROM.
In their own statements, experts of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and of the Woodrow Wilson International Center, condemned and described as "absurd" Skopje's propaganda.
The briefing was organised by the National Coordinated Effort of Hellenes organisation.
Source: Athens News Agency